Quest to charge Kabura with lying turned down
The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has rejected a recommendation by the anti-graft agency to charge Ms Josephine Kabura for what they said was lying in her affidavit in the Sh791 million NYS scandal.
In the affidavit, Ms Kabura claimed that former Devolution CS Anne Waiguru “planned, facilitated and protected the people involved” in the National Youth Service scandal.
In its second quarterly report covering April 1 to June 30, the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission (EACC) said that the DPP had ordered them to re-look into Ms Kabura's file who had fingered Ms Waiguru, among others, in the scam.
“EACC together with the Directorate of Criminal Investigations conducted investigations and established that the allegations made against the suspects were bereft of truth, were denied in totality, and there was no evidence in support of the same,” the EACC says in its quarterly report published in the Kenya Gazette of September 28.
The EACC said it had in a June 12 letter to the DPP recommended that Ms Kabura, the hairdresser who angered many Kenyans after she claimed she carted away millions of taxpayers' money in bags, be charged with the offence of “knowingly misleading a person" contrary to the law.
The revelation by the EACC of the recommendation by the DPP concerning Ms Kabura comes just a month after Ms Waiguru, the Kirinyaga governor, demanded to know the commission's take on the affidavit that brought down her hold at the Devolution ministry.
She protested that even after recording a statement with the EACC over Ms Kabura's affidavit filed at the High Court in 2016, the commission was yet to get back to her.
"Regrettably, two and half years later the commission is yet to communicate to our client the outcome of the investigations, nor inform the members of the public on the veracity of the allegations made by Ms Kabura," part of the letter dated August 23 and addressed to EACC CEO Halakhe Waqo reads.
The recommendation to reopen Ms Kabura NYS affidavit was one of the 10 that the DPP ordered a fresh investigation.
Ms Josephine Kabura