Two weeks after 21 officials in Devolution ministry and National Youth Service unit were sensationally named by Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru as responsible for the sh791 million loss, the officials are yet to appear in court.
Multiple sources have revealed to Kenya Today that the officials are unlikely to be charged for fear of incriminating evidence directly touching the powerful cabinet secretary.
The ministry has roped in Public Service Commission which has ‘curiously’ recommended that the cabinet secretary form an internal disciplinary committee to determine how to resolve the matter internally. This is despite the fact that officials at CID’s Serious Crimes Unit that were invited to investigate the scam already indicted the 21 persons.
According to Saturday Nation, the money alleged to have been lost was paid to, among others, ‘a nominated senator, the daughter of a senior politician in the ruling coalition, a brother of a consultant engaged to reform the youth service, a senior officer in the Devolution ministry and an ODM politician’.
It is also emerging that the ‘lost’ sh 791 million is separate from the sh 800 million which Ms Waiguru claimed had fraudulently stolen from the ministry’s IFMIS system.
Sources indicate that while Waiguru claimed a password from one of her officers, Mr. Harrakhe, had been stolen, it is now emerging that no password was stolen and that Mr. Harakhe had been Ms. Waiguru’s errand boy.
“Mr Harakhe was posted from the provincial administration and given those powers even before he was trained on Ifmis and his appointment formalised by the Cabinet Secretary. He committed the funds only for them to turn around and claim the password was stolen. It’s a total lie”, one of the officials in the list of 21 told Saturday Nation.
Waiguru, maintaining a brave face, has sued ODM Leader Raila Odinga for linking her to the theft.