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I did not threaten Waiguru over NYS investigations, says Murkomen

25 February 2016, 07:59 Arap Yego

Nairobi - Elgeyo Marakwet Senator, Kipchumba Murkomen has asked the former Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru to stop politicizing the KES 791 million scam at the National Youth Youth Service (NYS).

Waiguru in a sworn affidavit linked Murkomen, National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale and Deputy President William Ruto’s aide Farouk Kibet to the scandal.

She claimed that Murkomen threatened her with unspecified consequences if she did not instruct the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) to stop a probe it has started over the loss of funds.

“At no time did I threaten, intimidate or harass any public officer or civil servant. I’m also not aware of any police report that has been filed to indicate that I threatened anyone in the course of executing their duties,” said Murkomen.

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In a press statement sent to newsrooms Wednesday, Murkomen didn’t deny relating with Ben Gethi, a key suspect in scandal as claimed by Waiguru, but clarified that Gethi was a client at his Law Firm.

“At the material time stated on the affidavit, Ben Gethi approached the Law Firm of Sing’oei, Murkomen & Sigei Advocates for representation at the formative stages of the NYS investigations and in due course he moved on to other law firms,” he said and emphasized that at no given time did his law firm do business as contractor or supplier of NYS.

“As lawyers, we are sworn to provide legal services to anyone that comes to us. Constitutionally, everyone is entitled to legal representation and is presumed innocent until proven guilty, including the former CS herself.”

The vocal Senator explained that the questions raised by Josephine Kabura are immense, weighty and of great public interest and out of respect for the people of Kenya, they require straight and honest answers.

“These smoke and mirrors side shows trying to politicise the issue will not help in the quest of truth and accountability. Waiguru should stop resorting to diversionary tactics and pitting the coalition partners against each other,” Murkomen concluded.

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