Waiguru links DP Ruto’s office to NYS scandal
Former CS says cartels spent Sh200 million to fight her. Names DP’s aide Farouk Kibet, Senator Murkomen as key players in the scheme
Former powerful Devolution CS Anne Waiguru yesterday took the NYS scandal to the doorstep of Deputy President William Ruto.
Appearing before MPs, she named Ruto’s aide Farouk Kibet as a key figure in the NYS heist and said he had 150 calls with suspect Ben Gethi at the time of the scandal.
She also named key Ruto ally Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen as another important figure with many contacts with businessman Gethi.
She put up a spirited defence of her own role, saying she was a blameless whistle-blower.
The seven-and-a-half hour session was contentious in the morning and Waiguru asked for assurance she was not the target of a witch-hunt.
MPs are probing theft of an initial Sh791 million; that figure was raised to at least Sh1.67 billion by the Audi- tor General.
Waiguru sensationally claimed the “cartel linked to Gethi” had spent Sh200 million to destroy her reputation.
“We have already established some Sh200 million was used to ensure I am kicked out of government and spent in the media and social media, and it is still being used today,” Waiguru told the House Public Accounts Committee in a seven-and-half hour session.
She added a Twitter trend, #HangWaiguru, had been paid for on Wednesday night and was being pushed by university students.
The claim of spending money to get Waiguru out of office is not new. It was one reason Ruto Chief of Staff Marianne Kaittany lost her job.
Kaittany was accused of diverting Sh200 million and was questioned by the EACC for allegedly diverting Sh100 million for the impeachment of Waiguru.
The EACC report tabled by President Uhuru Kenyatta in Parliament alleged Kaittany “diverted Sh100 million from the Legislative and Inter-Governmental Relations Office to mobilise MPs in the abortive campaign in July 2014 to impeach powerful Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru”.
The impeachment motion was sponsored by Igembe South MP Mithika Linturi but he withdrew it after State House allegedly intervened.
Waiguru resigned in November 2015 at the height of the scandal, claiming ill health.She is running for governor of Nyandarua.
Before the PAC, she repeated that she was the whistle-blower on the Sh791 million.
Waiguru blamed the NYS scandal on an intricate network involving influential politicians.
She said junior staff were instructed by NYS management to exaggerate and inflate costs in the Integrated Financial Management System (Ifmis), leading to theft of Sh791 million.
In a scathing attack on former NYS Director General Nelson Githinji, Waiguru said staff colluded and manipulated Ifmis entries, resulting in irregular payments to companies owned by Josephine Kabura.
“I have never met one Josephine Kabura,” said a combative Waigu- ru. Clearly Kabura is a puppet. Who is her puppeteer? Everything she is asked, she says Anne Waiguru.”
She said she had no contact with her as a contractor or on a personal level.
Kabura is alleged to be the chief conduit in the theft. She faces money laundering and fraud charges.
The Sh1.67 billion allegedly was paid to 20 companies owned by Kabura from NYS, the Department of Planning and the Ministry of Housing.
Waiguru tabled CID documents suggesting Gethi, Githinji, Murkomen, Kabura, sacked Planning PS Peter Mangiti and Farouk Kibet — the DP’s aide — were in constant communication during the fraud.
xxCommittee chairman Nicholas Gumbo asked how she accessed the privileged documents, police property. “I got them through a friend,” Waiguru said. “The documents were circulating even in the internet. If you want them you can get them,” Waiguru said.
Waiguru cited an instance in which Kabura’s Form Home Builders on December 22, 2014, was paid Sh15.5
Former Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru walks past MP Stephen Kariuki when she testifies before the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee on the Sh1.6 billion NYS scandal yesterday.
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