DPP refutes claims of shielding Devolution CS Anne Waiguru

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Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko

Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko has denied claims that his office is shielding Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru from prosecution over the alleged theft of Sh791 million and conspiracy to steal Sh695 million from the National Youth Service.

In a statement to newsrooms, Tobiko dismissed claims that he is applying double standards in the prosecution of the NYS graft saga terming the allegations of compromise and political manipulation in the case as baseless and unwarranted.

He further urged politicians not to drag politics into legal processes as it “only serves to defeat justice”.

On his part, Government Spokesman Manoah Esipisu said that they are treating Waiguru as a whistle blower in the NYS scandal.

Speaking to Citizen TV’s Cheche show, Esipisu said: “Things have changed! We are a more open society than we were before. We have numerous graft cases in court”.

This comes just a day after President Uhuru Kenyatta rubbished claims of incompetence within the Devolution Ministry.

Instead, the president said that devolution has opened doors of opportunities through investments and was impressed that devolution is transforming the lives of Kenyans in many counties in this country through the help of the national government.

Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru has been on the spotlight and under pressure to resign over corruption allegations in her docket.

The Devolution ministry has been link to two major sagas; the National Youth Service (NYS) saga where Ksh791 million was lost and a recent report that showed inflated prices of basic items by her ministry.

The asset register for the financial year 2013-14 showed that the ministry procured 18 male and female condom dispensers at a cost of Ksh450,000 and 20 ballpoint pens at Ksh174,000.

Additionally, the ministry is said to have bought Kaspersky anti-virus at a cost of Ksh973,780 in September 2013 and Adobe InDesign CS6 software for office use at a cost of Ksh1,900,000.

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