Duale says Waiguru should take responsibility over NYS scam

Duale says Waiguru should take responsibility over NYS scam
National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale in an interview with Citizen Digital

National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale has criticized former Devolution and Planning Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru for linking him to the loss of Ksh 791 million at the National Youth Service (NYS).

Duale labeled Waiguru’s latest revelations as diversionary saying the former Devolution CS should produce evidence to back her allegations.

“Waiguru should not drag people’s names and introduce non-existent petty politics.  She should provide any iota of evidence to the investigative authorities and I will respond,” he stated.

The matter is about loss of public funds to the tune of more than Ksh 791 million.

Duale further said that Waiguru’s claims are aimed at dividing the Jubilee government along party lines saying both TNA and URP are firmly rooted in the coalition.

“Waiguru should carry her own cross instead of dragging other people’s names in the scam. She should take responsibility on the reports of corruption at Huduma Centres when the report is tabled in Parliament.”

“Instead of propagating unfounded allegations, she should provide answers to questions raised in Josephine Kabura’s affidavit. I have no intentions of suing her because she should already be at Kamiti Prison.”

In the affidavit, Waiguru claimed that she had been informed by the then acting senior Deputy Director General of NYS Adan Harakhe, of a claim by one of the suspects, Ben Gethi, that the illegal payments totaling to over Ksh 800 million were for companies associated with Finance CS Henry Rotich who was allegedly Ruto’s point man.

Besides Duale, Waiguru also linked Deputy President William Ruto’s personal assistant Farouk Kibet and Senator Kipchumba Murkomen to the scam.

During the initial investigations by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), Duale and Murkomen, according to Waiguru, threatened the former assistant director of NYS Aden Harakhe, warning him of dire consequences should he fail to instruct the DCI to stop the investigations.

Waiguru claimed that Harakhe informed her through a memo that Murkomen had visited him in his office after he was allegedly directed by then Principal Secretary Peter Mangiti.

She filed an annexure of a memo allegedly written by Harakhe to her in June 2015 detailing how the scam evolved.

The memo, which allegedly reveals former PS Mangiti’s instructions to Harakhe, states that: “Those payments were for companies associated with CS Rotich who assisted us to get funding and other wazees. I will introduce you to a young man called Ben, sit with him and agree how to finalise the issues.”

Ben Gethi is later reported to have claimed to be the point-man for CS Rotich.


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