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Waiguru links DP Ruto’s aide to Sh1.8b NYS loot, maintains she exposed the scam

Former Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru has sensationally linked an aide of Deputy President William Ruto among the beneficiaries of the loot of the National Youth Service (NYS) scandal.

In her testimony to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Thursday, Ms Waiguru also fingered former NYS director Dr Nelson Githinji and former Finance Director at NYS Samuel Wachenje as part of a network used to steal from NYS.

She presented a graph reported to have been developed by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations showing the frequency of calls between various individuals named in the scam, but which exempted her.

In one case, Ben Gethi, one of the beneficiaries of the loot, was shown to have spoken with Farouk Kibet, a personal assistant to Deputy President William Ruto, 150 times.

Records submitted to the committee showed that Mr Kibet received Sh1 million from Mr Gethi.

Ms Waiguru also credited herself to the exposure of the inflated cost of a road in Kibera slums that was constructed under the NYS program.

She told the committee that she noticed that costs for the 3.5 kilometre road in Kibera were inflated.

She also said it was not easy for an individual official to alter documents to approve payments under the NYS program “unless you were all colluding”.

“It was a network of individuals,” she said.

The former CS said she then wrote to Principal Secretary Peter Mangiti questioning him about the inflated payments.