Devolution CS Anne Waiguru ordered to record statement on theft

Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Keriako Tobiko has directed embattled Devolution Cabinet Secretary (CS) Ann Waiguru to record a statement with the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) over the Sh791million theft at the National Youth Service (NYS).

The DPP in acknowledging the work done by the Director Criminal Investigations (DCI) in investigating the alleged fraudulent Integrated Finance Management System (IFMIS) transactions at the NYS and recommending charges be preferred against 22 officers, upon receiving Waiguru’s request, faulted failure by the CS to record own statement

He also wants the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission to step in and conduct further probe on the matter.

“This investigation was commenced by the DCI at the request of Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Devolution and Planning vide a letter dated June 5, 2015. However, the CS has not recorded a statement regarding this matter. It is important that the CS records a statement,” directed the DPP, when confirming receipt of the investigations file from the CID.

He expressed his reservations that of the 22 government officials recommended to be charged by the DCI, only two have been interrogated and recorded statements are suspects.

Without disclosing much detail, he noted that others mentioned as suspects have recorded statements as potential witnesses.

A number of crucial witnesses have not been interrogated and statements reordered.

In light of the foregoing, appropriate instructions and directives will be issued to the DCI and other relevant government agencies,” pledged the DPP in an effort to conclusively handle the NYS matter.