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November 14, 2018

EACC cleared Waiguru in case of 'miscommunication'- Kinisu

Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru and Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission CEO Halaqhe Wako address a press conference in Nairobi. Photo/FILE
Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru and Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission CEO Halaqhe Wako address a press conference in Nairobi. Photo/FILE

The EACC cleared Anne Waiguru of wrongdoing in the NYS saga due to a "communication breakdown" with other government agencies, chairman Philip Kinisu has explained.

Kinisu admitted to "making mistakes in the matter" saying investigations leading to the clearance of the former Devolution CS were one-way.

"The investigation into the Sh791 million was on another track and we in the government were not talking to each other. We made mistakes," he said.

He appeared before the National Assembly Justice and Legal Affairs Committee on Wednesday.

The former CS's clearance was reported following a confidential letter to State House, signed by commission chief executive Halakhe Waqo.

In the letter, the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission told Chief of Staff and Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua that it had found no evidence against Waiguru.

But the commission denied on February 19 that it cleared Waiguru of any wrongdoing in the National Youth Service scandal.

Kinisu said at the time that the EACC only cleared her of four charges involving the management of NYS which was under her docket.

The commission launched a fresh probe into the scam following an affidavit by key suspect Josephine Kabura, a businesswoman and hairdresser, who accused Waiguru of being the architect.

Waiguru dismissed Kabura as a “crazy woman” whom she has never met and came to know about only after the scandal broke.

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