By Samson Kitavi/Micheal Njuguna
The Ethics and Anti Corruption (EACC) Thursday morning postponed grilling of the businesswoman Ms. Josephine Kabura Irungu who recently swore an affidavit implicating former Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Mumbi Waiguru and other people to the NYS scandal.
This is after Kabura failed to appear before the Commission for questioning citing illness. The anti-graft agency acceded to her request but demanded her to appear at the EACC headquarters next week on Tuesday.
Ms. Irungu who is alleged to be a main player claimed that Ms Waiguru is at the centre of the 791 million scam and knew what was going on all along.
Monday 15 2016, Ms. Kabura filed an affidavit at the high court. The affidavit gives details of an alleged connivance by Waiguru and other top officials at the NYS.
In light of this development, the EACC which had cleared the under fire Waiguru from involvement in the scam, summoned Kabura to shed more light on her claims. She was expected at the commission’s offices at 10am Thursday morning.
However, shortly before her expected arrival, her lawyers called the commission seeking excusal of their client.
EACC spokesperson Kairichi Marimba indeed confirmed that Kabura’s lawyers sought postponement of Thursday grilling citing illness. The commission according to Marimba acceded to Kabura’s request but want her to appear before it on Tuesday next week.
The EACC recently said it decided to investigate the matter afresh following Ms. Irungu revelations. MS. Waiguru has maintained that she has never met her accuser.
Waiguru said the allegations contained in Ms. Irungu affidavit are malicious and only meant to soil her reputation.
Meanwhile, the Coalition for Constitution Implementation Kenya (CCI Kenya) is calling on the government to provide personal security to Ms.Irungu.
In a statement CCI Kenya Convener Cidi Otieno said the issues Kabura has raised in her affidavit are sensitive and of importance and it puts her life in danger.
Otieno said the government should be held responsible anything happen to her.
The CCI-K further asked EACC to grill former CS Waiguru on the new claims and should she be found culpable of the allegations, then all the EACC officers who cleared Waiguru should be arrested and prosecuted for subverting the course of Social Justice.
At the same time, Nandi Hills MP Alfred Keter says he will not appear before the EACC and will push for disbandment of Secretariat.
Elsewhere, the Judicial Service Commission has denied allegations that it has not forwarded to President Uhuru Kenyatta the report recommending the formation of a tribunal to investigate corruption allegations facing Supreme Court Judge Philip Tunoi.
JSC says it provided the office of the president with all the required documents early last week.
The commission has recommended the establishment of a tribunal to investigate Supreme Court Judge Phillip Tunoi following claims he was bribed 200 million shillings.
But in a statement, the Judiciary’s Director of Public Affairs and Communication Naim Bilal says JSC has fully satisfied the provisions of Article 168 (4) of the Constitution on the content and procedure of such a petition to the President.
Among the documents sent to the president Bilal says include the transmittal letter, petition and a report of the findings of the Commission on the Allegations of Bribery against Justice Philip Tunoi. The commission says that it forwarded the report on the 9th of this month.
It is alleged that Tunoi allegedly received 200 million Shillings to help deliver a favorable judgment in a petition against Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero in August 2014.
The JSC team found the judge culpable. Under article 168 of the Constitution, the President has 14 days upon receiving the petition from JSC to suspend the Supreme Court judge from office and appoint a tribunal to investigate him.
Meanwhile Kabete MP Ferdinand Waititu is Thursday afternoon expected to move to the Supreme Court to seek the review of a ruling in his petition against Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero.
In the petition, Waititu wants the court to declare the Nairobi gubernatorial seat vacant.