Anne Waiguru has called on the president to set up a serious inquiry on the National Youth Service NYS scandal – the fraud which made government lose Sh791 million.
This comes in not more than a week after president Uhuru Kenyatta reassured Kenyans that his government is commitment to deal decisively with those found culpable of corruption at the NYS scandal.
The former Devolution CS said she acknowledges the efforts of Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission in trying to catch the culprits, but wants the government to take Josephine Kaburu accusation against her more critically.
In a statement, she urged President Uhuru to do something to save her reputation, saying:
“However, due to the excessive interest and attention on this matter from Kenyans, I have requested His Excellency the President to set up a commission of inquiry, under the provisions of the Commissions of Inquiry Act, into the grave allegations made in the Josephine Kabura affidavit so that the truth can come out in full public limelight.”
Kabura, the key suspect in the scandal, filed an affidavit in the High Court earlier this year, accusing the former Cabinet Secretary of collecting a share of the Sh791 million lost in the NYS scandal.
The ex-CS says several public officials and private persons were targeted in the affidavit which she says is brimming with lies and baseless allegations. She stated her reason for calling for a critical look at the case, saying the glaring lies packed in the affidavit is being treated as a fact and truth by Kenyans.
Waiguru recalled that the affidavit appeared a week after he was declared free of playing a questionable role in the scam and 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.
She noted that anyone can deduce the intentions of the affidavit through the timing. She also described the affidavit as a witch-hunt meant to rope her back into the NYS scandal under her former ministry.
Even though she has responded swiftly and substantially to the allegations, Waiguru said scores of stories making the affidavit seem true keep evolving.
She expressed her disappointment at how the country appear to believe Kabura, a person with a questionable character who has been facing charges for committing several crimes, overlooking that an accused person will always target their enemy and never their accomplices.
“I believe that Kenyans wish to know the truth and see an end to this unfortunate drama once and for all.”
Kabura told High Court on February 15, that Waiguru was the architect of the scam and received enormous amounts from the deal. Kabura also said the former CS plotted, helped and gave security to the people involved in the NYS scandal.
The hairdresser 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.