We made mistakes in clearing Anne Waiguru of NYS case, EACC admits

Wednesday March 9 2016

EACC officials, including chairman Philip Kinisu (second right), appear before National Assembly’s Justice and Legal Affairs Committee on March 9, 2016. PHOTO | AGGREY MUTAMBO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

EACC officials, including chairman Philip Kinisu (second right), appear before the National Assembly’s Justice and Legal Affairs Committee on March 9, 2016. PHOTO | AGGREY MUTAMBO | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By AGGREY MUTAMBO
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Former Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru was initially cleared of the National Youth Service (NYS) scam due to a “communication breakdown” with other government agencies.

Speaking to a parliamentary committee on Wednesday, Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission chairman Philip Kinisu on Wednesday admitted making mistakes on the matter.

"Investigations leading to the clearance was one track. The investigation leading to the Sh791 million was another track and we in the government were not talking to each other and we made mistakes."

The EACC chairman said the commission had recovered Sh9 billion worth of assets in the last 10 years, including Sh600 million in cash.

He said the creation of the Asset Recovery Agency was likely to boost recovery of more assets linked to corruption.

Mr Kinisu said the UK government has agreed to hive off and return to Kenyan taxpayers Sh51 million from the assets of the British firm found guilty of bribing Kenyan officials to win printing contracts at the Kenya National Examinations Council and the Interim Independent Electoral Commission.

The firm, Smith & Ouzman, was found guilty by a British court of having given out Sh51 million in bribes.

The EACC was updating the National Assembly’s Justice and Legal Affairs Committee on what the commission has done, its plans and challenges in dealing with corruption cases.