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EACC re-opens Waiguru NYS probe after new evidence emerges

16 February 2016, 22:32

Nairobi - The EACC has launched a fresh probe into the KES 791 million NYS scam following an affidavit that accused former Devolution CS Anne Waiguru of being the architect.

In a statement on Tuesday, The Star reported that the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission said all persons of interest will be summoned to help with investigations.

“We have started a fresh probe on the allegations in the affidavit. We shall be summoning Josephine Kabura and other persons mentioned before forwarding recommendations to the DPP," read the statement by Kairichi Mariba, Head of Corporate Communications.

In an affidavit filed in court on Monday, Kabura, whose account received the money, described her alleged relationship with Waiguru, whom Nandi Hills MP Alfred Keter wants to be charged.

Kabura said that prior to a contract of the amount, Waiguru had assisted her to “secure other contracts, with about 30 LPOs for my other companies, at NYS, with a value in excess of KES 400 million”.

She described how she took “KES 10 million to Waiguru's house in Runda on August 26, 2015”, which she was later told would be used to clean up her image in the media.

Read alsoI do not know her, Waiguru says as NYS scam intensifies

Capital News reported that Waiguru dismissed her as a “crazy woman” whom she has never met and came to know about only after the scandal broke. 

EACC cleared Waiguru in a letter to State House Chief of Staff Joseph Kinyua on February 4: “Our investigations have not established any evidence to warrant an adverse recommendation against the former Cabinet Secretary,” EACC chief executive Halakhe Waqo stated.

But in her affidavit, Kabura called into question the genuineness of the initial investigations stating that other than an interview with the banking fraud unit which she says was compromised, she was not invited to record a statement.

She claims the head of the banking fraud unit, Joseph Mugwanja, was in Waiguru’s pocket and brought on board to cover up the irregular dealings that led to the loss of the KES 791 million which she says she received as payment for the supply of road construction material for NYS projects in Kibera and Mukuru.

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