While recounting her days at the helm of National Youth Service (NYS), Kirinyanga Governor Ann Waiguru said the new KSh 10 billion scandal that has rocked the institution three years after her exit did not surprise her.
Waiguru who pointed an accusing finger at the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC), said she had in vain, written to the agency at least six times between 2016 and January 2018, asking it to make public its probe findings.
According to a report by The Correspondent, the Kirinyaga governor made the revelations when she was speaking on devolution at the Chatham House in London, UK.
She recounted how she invited investigators to probe the KSh 791 million scandal that rocked NYS during her tenure.
The governor said she had suggested a public inquiry be set up so the truth could be put in public but none of it was done.
“It is therefore no wonder that three years after I left the ministry, the same NYS department is engulfed in another major scandal of KSh 10 billion, 10 times larger than the initial one,” said Waiguru.
The former Devolution Cabinet Secretary claimed she was used as a pawn in political fights by some powerful individuals in the KSh 791 million scandal despite being the whistle blower
She also claimed to have been vilified for her decision to invite the Directorate of Criminal Investigations to look into the case.
“What I did not know was that I had attracted the ire of faceless individuals that were behind the scam which led to a political rebuttal,” said Waiguru.
She noted the fight against corruption could not be won without evaluating the forces involved.
“Transitional economies like Kenya exhibit the identical challenges of weak accountability structures and ineffective institutions resulting in waste and loss of public funds and resources,” said the governor.
Waiguru’s claims came at a time when five members of the Ngirita family were yet to secure their release because of the stringent directives from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji.
Haji asked the DCI to ensure that bail and sureties presented by the accused were not proceeds of crime.