A key suspect in the National Youth Service scandal, Josephine Kabura, appears before the National Assembly Committee on Tuesday to answer questions regarding her involvement in the scam.
Last week, the committee directed the Inspector General of Police to arrest Kabura after she failed to honor three summons.
The businesswoman’s lawyer immediately apologized to the committee chaired by Nicholas Gumbo for his client’s failure to appear, saying it was due to court engagements in Malindi.
Kabura answered questions on transactions involving the companies associated with her.
She admitted to owning 20 companies with only five registered when awarded contracts by NYS; including the supply of road construction material.
”I registered the rest while at the NYS for tendering,”
“I registered so many companies to increase my chances of getting business from the government and many other companies out there.”
The businesswoman has listed some of the companies as Form Homes Builders, Reinforced Concrete Technologies, Roof and All Trading and Smart Board.
She was allegedly the biggest beneficiary according to a report by the Auditor General Edward Ouko. She received Sh1.299 billion on account of 11 businesses.
She had also previously claimed to have gotten tenders to supply goods and services to the National Youth Service through former Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru.
She now claims to have learned ”through a general contact at the procurement department” of the ministry and not a particular person.
“I learned of that through a general contact at the procurement department. Normally when you are in business you have to be extravagant in looking for (deals). I gave my papers to different companies,”
The Investigation Continues…