After CS Anne Waiguru declared bid for Nairobi governor seat, one of the major suspects in the Sh791 million NYS fraud scam has dragged former Devolution CS Anne Waiguru at the centre of the scandal – making the long-awaited puzzle which has rocked NYS halfway solved.
Josephine Kabura Irungu, who has the account where the money in the big NYS scandal was deposited, has in a 16-page affidavit filed in court yesterday, described her relationship with Waiguru.
Irungu, a hairdresser, submits an affidavit in court and it shows that the Businesswoman received Sh791 million and CS told her to take Sh10 million to her Runda home.
This is the same day the Director of Public Prosecutions, Keriako Tobiko, approved additional money laundering charges against 11 suspects including Irungu.
More controversially, the news of the affidavit broke on the day Waiguru attended her first political meeting called by Jubilee leaders to have a talk on how to nominate one candidate for the Nairobi governor’s post.
The hairdresser made condemnatory revelations including being instructed to give Sh80 million to head of Banking Fraud to cover up theft.
Read the full affidavit of Kabura here
Kabura revealed that before the Sh791 million contract, Waiguru had aided her to facilitate several contracts, with about 30 LPOs for her other companies, at NYS, with a value in excess of Sh400 million.
She said she was introduced to start doing business at NYS, understanding that both of them were to share the benefit.
She also explained how she made a big delivery of about “Sh10 million to Waiguru’s house in Runda on August 26, 2015”, which she was later told would be used to cover up the investigations.
While in her house, she informed me that my name would be included on the charge sheet with my three companies, but since there was delivery of works and genuine documentation with processes, CS Waiguru assured me that only ‘funny’ charges would be preferred against me.
But Waiguru countered the claim, and said her residence wasn’t Kihingo in August 2015 and has never met any of the journalists stated in the affidavit.
According to Wiaguru
She needs to do her homework. The fact that I was not living in Runda discounts all her claims. I don’t know why people keep dragging me into this issue, especially since my name was cleared.
In the same affidivate, Kabura noted that Waiguru presented her formally to the head of the Anti-Banking Fraud Unit, Joseph Mugwanja, whom she says even bailed her with his money when she was arraigned in court.
Her affidavit also claims that Waiguru at one point instructed her to give Mr. Joseph Mugwanja (Anti-graft-detective) Sh80 million that she had kept in different money bags in her safes.
CS Waiguru said they would keep it safely away from NIS, who had been looped into the case.
Kabura hinted at the time of their first meeting, saying that Waiguru has been her friend and acquaintance since 2012, when the future CS served as the director of IFMIS at Treasury.
She says she met Waiguru while working at Kenya Data Networks between April and May 2012 and they became friends.
Afterwards at Waiguru’s request, she took her CV personally to her Evergreen House, number 29 in Runda where Waiguru introduced her to her family.
In the words of Kabura:
We soon started off by her giving me small jobs like having my technician maintain her silver MacBook laptop, which I gathered was quite dear to her.
Kabura further said between August and September 2014, Waiguru made her acquainted with her personal assistant, Betty Maina, Director of Planning Hassan Noor, NYS deputy DG Harakhe Waqo and consultant Mutahi Ngunyi.
Additionally she stated that she, along with Harakhe, Noor and other officials at NYS headquarters, held steady Sunday meetings where they “shared and brainstormed on the deliveries and . . . payments and upcoming LPOs”
But Waiguru insisted that she has never met the woman and challenged her to show proof of their communication if there was any.
Speaking to the media Annie Waiguru, who has earlier been cleared by anti-corruption commission, denied ever meeting or knowing the woman before the scandal, calls her insane.
After all this time, it is only now that she remembers that she came to my house with Sh10 million? And I hope she knows that lying under oath lands people in jail.