Kirinyaga governor Anne Waiguru has suffered double tragedy as Ethics and Anticorruption Commission detectives have summoned her for grilling next week on Wednesday.
Even though the Senate acquitted the governor in the past few weeks,it found out that there was a well ochestrated web of irregularities in Kirinyaga county tendering process.
This tragedy come at a time when Miss Waiguru has positioned herself as a possible successor to president Kenyatta in Mount Kenya region.
The grilling was supposed to take place this week but she requested that it be postponed.
Through the CEO Twalib Mbarak ,the commission agreed to have the “date” with Waiguru pushed to next week Wednesday ,but said that it would not be postponed any further.
“The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission has accepted your request and postponed the date of the interview to Wednesday 22 July 2020 from 9am at Integrity Centre office, Nairobi. Take note that EACC will not postpone the interview any further,” EACC CEO Twalib Mbarak said
Mbarak is a former millitary detective and apparently ,he has tightened war against corruption.
Last week in an interview with Citizen Television,he announced the imminent fall of two governors due to graft.
“In the next one or two months, we will have at least one or two governors charged.” Said Twalib.
According to sources,the EACC intends to thoroughly scrutinize all the contoversial procurement processes in Kirinyaga county.
“The imprests payments that MCAs raised in their petition are the main issue that concern her [Waiguru] though there are other issues,”a highly placed source at the EACC told the Star.
During her impeachment motion,the wardreps claimed that Waiguru was paid travel allowance amounting to 10.6 million dealing not making a single trip.
Further ,they alleged that Waiguru presided over a corrupt and joint criminal enterprise by ensuring persons who had close association to her presided over the evaluation and award of tenders.
Put on the spot were the director of administration Pauline Kamau, Gichira Wayne, the governor’s ICT adviser and director of procurement Joseph Carilus Otieno.
“The committee noted that the circumstances under which Pauline Kamau was recruited raised a lot of questions. The said officer was not qualified to hold the office of director of administration and further that her recruitment was pushed through by the governor,” the Senate concluded
The Senate however said that there was no link between the governor and perpetrators of those involved in corrupt deals.
The Malala led 11 member committee said that it had unearthed enough evidence of graft in awarding tenders.
“The committee notes that it is apparent there exists a well-orchestrated and complex web of corruption in the tendering process at the county government of Kirinyaga. To this end, officers who are found culpable should take personal responsibility for their acts of omission or commission,” the committee said in its report.
It asked the EACC to investigate some of the allegations on tendering and report back within 60 days.
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