Waiguru demands EACC reveal findings of probe into Kabura’s affidavit

Waiguru demands EACC reveal findings of probe into Kabura’s affidavit

Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru is now demanding that the anti-corruption agency and Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) make public findings of investigations into an affidavit filed by Josephine Kabura, a key suspect in the first fraud case at the National Youth Service (NYS).

In a letter to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) CEO Halaqhe Waqo, Waiguru says the anti-graft body’s delay in disclosing the findings has continued to cause her negative publicity, citing the recent IPSOS corruption survey report.

In February 2016, Kabura filed an explosive affidavit in court accusing Ms. Waiguru and other senior government officials of masterminding the alleged theft of Ksh.791 million from NYS through questionable tenders.

This prompted the EACC to summon Waiguru and other officials mentioned in the affidavit to record their statements.

Ms. Waiguru was later cleared of any wrongdoing in the NYS scandal, with EACC writing to Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua informing him that it did not find any evidence to warrant her prosecution.

“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. Josephine Kabura,” reads part of the letter dated August 23, 2018.

“As a result of the inordinate delay, our client has continued to receive negative publicity stemming from the allegations in Ms. Kabura’s affidavit culminating in a sponsored and doctored survey released by IPSOS Synovate.”

“The delay on the part of the commission has caused our client irreparable damage and lend credence to the false allegations,” says Waiguru’s legal team.

The former Devolution Cabinet Secretary says she has severally asked EACC to publicly release the outcome of its investigations into Kabura’s affidavit but the commission is yet to honour her demands.

“This is my 5th letter in the last three years to EACC requesting them to make public the findings on the investigation of the Kabura affidavit,” she adds.