Anti-graft detectives raid Waiguru’s home in search of evidence


Waiguru, Ndathi clash at a prayer rally
Former Cabinet Secretary foe Devolution Anne Waiguru and Kirinyaga County governor clashed at a prayer rally. Photo,Courtesy

A team of detectives from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) raided the homes of former Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru, Principal Secretary Peter Mangiti and former National Youth Service (NYS) Director General Nelson Githinji in search of crucial evidence in the ongoing investigations into graft allegations leveled against them.

The detectives also raided the homes of two other officials, NYS Deputy Director General Adan Harakhe and suspended tendering committee chair.

The raids which occurred at 7AM Tuesday morning sought to unearth evidence that would help the detectives with the on-going investigations.

Mangiti confirmed the incident saying the officers had valid search warrants at hand with the raids taking about two hours.

At the home of Githinji, a parallel search was on-going with the gates remaining shut, only open to the detectives who left two hours later.

A search at the home of Waiguru took four hours with the media barred from covering the operation.

Waiguru announced her resignation as devolution Cabinet Secretary last month on health grounds on advise of her doctor.

In her resignation speech on November 21, 2015, Waiguru expressed regrets over mistakes made by officials at the NYS, Huduma Centres and her Ministry which she said had led to attacks on her personal values and her children.

Prior to her resignation, Waiguru had been under pressure to resign following allegations of corruption at the National Youth Service which led to the alleged loss of Ksh 791 million.

Her resignation came barely a week after the National Youth Service Director General Nelson Githinji stepped aside, after Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko ordered for his prosecution, alongside Mangiti for allegedly trying to prevent NYS Senior Deputy Director General in Charge of Administration, Adan Harakhe, from reporting the loss of Ksh 695,400,000 to the directorate of criminal investigations.

Mangiti, Githinji, businessman Benson Muchemi and 23 other officials from the devolution ministry are currently facing various charges related to fraudulent transactions at the ministry and the loss of millions of shillings.

The DPP also accused the three of threatening and intimidating Harakhe with unspecified consequences if he proceeded to withdraw from the Integrated Financial Management Information System (IFMIS).

Tobiko also ordered the prosecution of the 23 Devolution Ministry officials for allegedly stealing and conspiring to defraud NYS of the sum of Ksh 791,385,000, contrary to section 317 of the Penal Code.

The officials allegedly implicated in the offence are Regina Mungai, Fredrick Nachiche, Josephine Kabura, Peter Otwoma, Hendrick Pilisi, Ben Muchemi, Samuel Wacheje, Jane Wangechi, David Alunga, Titus Libondo, Chemos Ndiema, Naftali Githinji, Ruth Hihu, Charles Nyaachi, Mary Mbuthia, Ezekiel Kamau, James Kanuthi, Samwel Kilonzo, Philip Otunga, Jennifer Mugure, Rhoda Makau, Joel Karenju and Francis Kariuki.

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