Why I have changed my stand on Anne Waig­uru

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics - Moses Kuria is the MP for Gatundu South MOSES KURIA

IT is true enough that things can hap­pen in any or­gan­i­sa­tion and the CEO be the last to hear about it. And it was on this ba­sis that I was say­ing that it was un­fair to blame Anne Waig­uru when we have a PS in the Devo­lu­tion min­istry, a Direc­tor Gen­eral of the Na­tional Youth Ser­vice, and many other man­agers.

But, hon­estly speak­ing, when you have got some­one – a for­mer hair­dresser – strut­ting around with Sh100 mil­lion in cash! Se­ri­ously. I am not sure that even the Pres­i­dent of this coun­try or even the Deputy Pres­i­dent has ever seen KSh100 mil­lion in cash.

So, imag­ine a sit­u­a­tion in which a sum like Sh100 mil­lion be­comes like a pedes­trian joke. And I am con­vinced now that there is no way that Anne Waig­uru was not aware of what was hap­pen­ing.

The whole sys­tem – given what we now know –was like a walkin, walk­out sys­tem at the NYS, some­times with more cash than a loaded ATM. So, it is not just a mat­ter of whether you stole money, or what has been proved. To have watched over a sys­tem of steal­ing is just piti­ful.

When I was in ac­count­ing class at the Univer­sity of Nairobi School of Busi­ness, I was taught by one Pro­fes­sor Nzomo that fraud is an equa­tion. That it is a func­tion of three things: De­sire, abil­ity and op­por­tu­nity. Many peo­ple have a de­sire for money, and like­wise many peo­ple have the abil­ity to com­mit fraud. So you can­not fight fraud by fo­cussing on peo­ple’s de­sires or abil­i­ties. The only thing you can con­trol is peo­ple’s op­por­tu­ni­ties to steal. And Anne Waig­uru failed to do that.

But what I am re­ally an­gry about, is if there was any one pro­gramme that would have brought real change to this coun­try, it was the NYS. You find places like Kib­era and Gatundu and wher­ever – where youths were work­ing and we were in­still­ing in them some sense of self-dis­ci­pline; and these youths were be­com­ing pa­tri­otic and hope­ful about their coun­try. It was one thing that could re­ally trans­form this coun­try.

So I am re­ally an­gry, be­cause I re­ally, re­ally loved this pro­gramme. I was very sup­port­ive of this pro­gramme. I was crit­i­cal not of peo­ple who were against Anne Waig­uru, but peo­ple who were against this pro­gramme.

This is one pro­gramme that was go­ing to de­fine Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta’s legacy. And it is rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the man I have known for many years.

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