July 02, 2020

Waiguru’s governorship bid receives big blow

The National Assembly has on Wednesday (24/05/17) adopted a Special Audit report by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) regarding the National Youth Service (NYS) scandal.

The report recommends former Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru and Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen be investigated and charged for loss public funds at the NYS.

PAC also directed that Waiguru be barred from holding public office if found guilty “after due process, in light of her overall leadership failures at the ministry.”

The theft initially involved Sh791 million, but a special audit report by the Auditor General, on whose basis the panel launched a probe, put the figure at more than Sh1.8 billion.

“The former CS should be further investigated and charged for supervising looting of public funds,” the report indicates.

Mr Murkomen is to be charged along with partners at his law firm for declining to submit bank statements and other documents necessary to aid in the probe.

Waiguru resigned from office in November of 2015 after being hounded over the loss of hundreds of millions of shillings.

At the time Waiguru was categorical that she was forced to resign not out of a sense of responsibility for the lost funds but as a result of the political pressure she felt once it became public knowledge.

Ms Waiguru clinched the Kirinyaga Jubilee Party governorship ticket with 100,632 votes in April.

Her close rival, Kirinyaga Central MP Joseph Gitari Gachok garnered 46,678 votes.

Signs had indicated that Ms Waiguru would win after a tally of three of the four constituencies — Ndia, Gichugu and Kirinyaga Central — showed she was leading with 58,984 votes followed Mr Gitari who had garnered 38,734 while incumbent Governor Joseph Ndathi only managed 11,556. Former KRA boss Eliud Wanjau received 3,036 votes.

Residents in the county also kicked out all MPs and two-thirds of MCAs in an electoral clean-up not seen for a long time.

Waiguru will face off with her major rival, NARC-Kenya’s Martha Karua in the August 8 General Election.

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