EACC questions Waiguru for seven hours

Former CS arrived at Integrity Centre with tens of supporters.

Tuesday February 23 2016

Former Devolution CS Anne Waiguru being escorted to the Ethics and Anti- Corruption Commission offices at Integrity Centre, Nairobi, by her supporters on February 22, 2016. She spent seven hours at the EACC. PHOTO | EVANS HABIL | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Former Devolution CS Anne Waiguru being escorted to the Ethics and Anti- Corruption Commission offices at Integrity Centre, Nairobi, by her supporters on February 22, 2016. She spent seven hours at the EACC. PHOTO | EVANS HABIL | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

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Former Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru was Monday questioned for more than seven hours over fresh claims in the Sh791 million National Youth Service scandal.

Ms Waiguru was asked about allegations raised by Ms Josephine Kabura, who says she was her confidante, and whose statement has incriminated the former CS in the multimillion-shilling theft.

Sources said Ethics and Anti- Corruption Commission (EACC) detectives took Ms Waiguru through Ms Kabura’s affidavit.

The commission’s role has been questioned after what Ms Kabura said were stage-managed searches in suspects’ homes, including Ms Waiguru’s.

Ms Kabura also said in documents filed in court that the suspects were warned about the searches and asked to remove any incriminating evidence.

After first clearing the former CS of blame, the commission changed its mind on Friday, and ordered the reopening of investigations.

The line of questioning, according to an EACC source, focused on possible links between Ms Waiguru and the people mentioned in the affidavit and the roles they might have played.

The Investigation on the scandal is also trailing the flow of cash from various bank accounts operated by the mentioned people and firms.

Monday, several files from the Banking Fraud Investigations Unit were handed over to the EACC.

The investigators, led by EACC Chief detective Abdi Mohammed, also questioned officers from the BFIU adversely mentioned in the scandal.

Ms Waiguru maintains her innocence and has denied any link to the theft.

She arrived at Integrity Centre around noon, accompanied by her lawyer, Mr Peter Muchoki, and many supporters, including former Nairobi County Executive Evans Ondieki.

It is the second time the former minister is appearing before the commission. In the first round, she was cleared and a discharge letter issued by the EACC.

Commission chairman Philip Kinisu defended the decision to clear Ms Waiguru.

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