Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru has finally spoken on today’s court events which saw Josephine Kabura and 10 others charged for laundring 790M NYS Money. In a Facebook post, Waiguru says justice has finally served and she did not stop there.
” This took a while… it’s been a long time coming… but here it is! May justice be our shield and defender. Still waiting for her to be charged for swearing a false affidavit and charges against her promoters,” she posted on her Facebook Page.
The government has charged Josephine Kabura and Ben Gethi, two of the key suspects of the NYS scandal of money laundering. Kabura, Gethi together with eight others were charged on Tuesday morning for laundering close to 791M shillings in 2016, in a scandal that was the country lose close to 2B shillings.
The charge sheet presented before a Nairobi court on Tuesday reveals between December 2014 and May 2015 Kabura, Gethi and Patrick Ogola Onyango arranged how to transfer 90M shillings to K-Rep Bank account belonging to Patrick Onyango Ogolla and Advocates. According to prosecution, this happened with the three knowing well the money was stolen from the National Youth Service.
This, according to the DPP, was to hide the source of the 791M shillings from the NYS as well as conceal plus cleanse those behind the loot. The three have been released on a 300,000 bond.The state had lined up 35 witnesses but only 9 have testifies in court.
DPP says they do not intend to recall the witnesses who have testified in court becasue they have already gathered enough evidence they needed for the case.Seven of the 20 companies used to siphon Sh1.2 billion from the National Youth Service (NYS) were listed among those eligible for preferential access to government tenders, revealing how influential contractors were using the affirmative action policy to line their pockets with public funds.
The companies, all of them registered under the name of chief NYS scam suspect Josephine Kabura, were listed under the Access to Government Procurement Opportunities (AGPO) register of firms owned by marginalized groups and qualify for special access to government tenders.The Kabura firms were said to have received Sh1.29 billion from the NYS in a series of fraudulent transactions that took place in a span of two years.
Government institutions are legally required to set aside 30 per cent of total procurement for the youth, persons with disability and women-owned firms as part of an affirmative action policy to uplift the marginalised groups.