By Beth Nyaga
The saga of the multi million shillings looting of the National Youth Service got murkier Tuesday after former Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru linked Senator Kipchumba Murkomen and Majority Leader in the National Parliament, Adan Duale.
In an affidavit filed in court, Waiguru said that Murkomen and Duale tried to threaten her to release frozen funds belonging to some people involved in the NYS scam.
Waiguru alleges that Murkomen accompanied by Deputy President William Ruto’s younger brother, Luke Kimutai Samoei, paid NYS deputy Director General Adan Harakhe a visit at his NYS headquarters claiming to be sent by the Principal Secretary Planning Engineer Peter Mangiti to release the frozen funds.
Waiguru also claims that Murkomen told her that she would face unspecified consequence if she did not meet their demands.
In the affidavit Adan Duale is said to have informed Harakhe that URP would grant him support if he heeded his request.
She added that her effort to resist the Murkomen and Duale schemes were met with a UPR sponsored censor motion against her in the national parliament.
During the initial investigations by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations, Duale and Murkomen, according to Waiguru, threatened Harakhe, warning him of dire consequences should he fail to instruct the DCI to stop the investigations.
Waiguru claims that Harakhe informed her through a memo that Murkomen had visited him in his office after he was allegedly directed by then PS Peter Mangiti.
Waiguru filed an annexure of a memo allegedly written by Harakhe to her in June 2015 detailing how the scam evolved.
In the memo, Harakhe writes: “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.” That ws former PS Peter Mangiti instructing Harakhe.
According to Waiguru, Senator Murkomen at around the same time visited her office and stated that he represented his clients whose funds had been stopped at IFMIS and bank accounts frozen by the DCI. The frozen accounts were mainly associated with Josephine Kabura and Ben Gethi.
Waiguru claims Harakhe did not bow to pressure from Murkomen.
She further claimed that during the entire period, there was constant communication between the deputy president’s personal assistant Farouk Kibet and Ben Gethi on phone, some of them lasting for hours.
The former CS insists she was the whistle-blower and not a perpetrator of the scam.
She insisted that she had never met Josphine Kaburu and her affidavit was full of lies.
Waiguru added that Kaburu relied on information from the media to describe her.