Former Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru will know her fate on Wednesday when the National Assembly votes on a controversial report on MPs’ investigations into the theft of millions of shillings at the National Youth Service (NYS).
Debate on the report was concluded Thursday last week, with Public Accounts Committee chairman Nicholas Gumbo urging Members of Parliament to rise above party interests and vote for the report.
The committee has recommended that the Kirinyaga gubernatorial aspirant be barred from holding public office for “personally plotting and executing” the scandal.
The report indicts Waiguru for running a parallel system in the ministry in collaboration with single-sourced expatriates and self-styled personal consultants, who acted as conduits in the intricate corruption web.
“Through hurriedly registered companies owned by proxies and faceless individuals, Waiguru planned, programmed, orchestrated and supervised the large-scale theft at the ministry through double payments, inflation of tenders and contracts,” the report says.
Further, the committee recommends that Waiguru be investigated and charged for overseeing looting of public funds.
Facing similar fate is former Devolution Principal Secretary Peter Mangiti, who the committee found to be part of the elaborate scheme to defraud taxpayers.
Former National Youth Service director-general Nelson Githinji, former NYS Deputy Director-General Aden Harakhe and former Devolution ministry tendering committee chairman Hassan Noor have also been recommended for further investigations.
If the MPs vote in favor of the report, Waiguru will automatically be disqualified from contesting for Kirinyaga top seat, or holding any public office.
Gumbo said that Members of the committee were receiving threats from certain quarters not to adopt the report, but he urged MPs to stand for the truth. “It will be wrong for any person to say that they were bystanders in the design of the scandal. We must be ready to punish acts of commission and omission and Mangiti knows this.” he said.