By Kevin Wachira.
Former Devolution cabinet secretary Ann Waiguru has termed allegations linking her to the loss of millions of shillings at the national youth service as unfounded.
Waiguru who appeared before the public accounts committee blamed former principal secretary Peter Mangiti and former NYS director general Nelson Githinji for payments of irregular tenders at the agency. Waiguru tabled documents indicating that Mangiti was the brains behind a 3 Billion shillings supplementary budget whose expenditure was suspect.
At the beginning of the session, the former CS began by reprimanding the members of the committee for alleged bias against her, particularly in the manner in which the committee regarded her submissions.
“It would be unfortunate that the role of this committee to look for evidence and establish a pre-established view of the loss at the NYS is sabotaged,” she said.
To which Rarieda MP and PAC chair Nicholas Gumbo objected.
“I see your preliminary presentations as preemptive. No one is here to abuse your rights….You and I who have chosen to be public servants have opened ourselves to public scrutiny. Your rights have been guaranteed by the Constitution and not Nicholas Gumbo” Gumbo said
Mps sought to know the legality of promoting Aden Harakhe to senior deputy director general at NYS with authority to incur expense and who reported directly to the cabinet secretary. The former CS indicating that Harakhe’s transfer at the NYS was in accordance with the law.
She accused the media of creating a perception that Harakhe was transferred in order to help the looting while indeed the looting was done before she was given authority to incur expense.
Waiguru blamed Mangiti for all irregular procurements done at the ministry and at NYS, going further to table a document implicating Mangiti for requesting on behalf of NYS additional an 3 billion shillings in the supplementary budget.
The former CS also denied ever meeting Josephine Kabura who recently submitted to the committee that she got tenders worth 1.6 billion shillings through Waiguru.
Waiguru called on the committee to unmask the face behind the scam who she accused of plotting to malign her name by dwelling on evidence of each and every allegation.
The evidence tabled before the committee during the probe on NYS scandal has revealed the looting at the devolution ministry was a lot more massive than earlier reported.
Waiguru would be the last witness to appear before the Committee, however Chair Gumbo informed her of the possibility of another invitation following the committee’s scrutiny of evidence submitted before it.
The meeting was scheduled to give the ex-CS a just opportunity to respond to claims made by her former PS Peter Mangiti.