NAIROBI, Kenya, 28 June – The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) now says the investigation file against Kirinyaga County Governor Ann Waiguru has been referred to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission Corruption (EACC).
Acting Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Grace Murungi revealed that the case is under active investigation as it was referred to the ODPP on 25e March 2022 and the EACC then acknowledged receipt on April 1st 2022.
Reports have emerged that the case investigating the Governor of Kirinyanga for abuse of power for improper receipt of advances amounting to Kshs 10,634,614 is still under the purview of the ODPP.
“Therefore, in a letter dated March 25, 2022, the ODPP communicated to the EACC the critical areas that require further investigation before a final decision can be made on the matter. EACC sent a letter dated April 1, 2022 acknowledging receipt and is currently acting on the areas identified for investigations,” Murungi said.
The ODPP has exonerated claims that it was derailing investigations into the matter, stressing that it can only make a decision on the matter once investigations are complete.
“It is therefore clear that investigations are still ongoing into this matter and that the ODPP is awaiting the outcome of further investigations before it can make a decision,” Murungi said.
Waiguru is said to have traveled to seven countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom, but after its investigations, the EACC claims to have established that some of these trips never took place.
The EACC says there were no letters of invitation, the purpose of the trips was unknown, there were no approved work plans, and there were no itinerary and that not all trips had letters of appointment/appointments or permission to travel outside the country.
The EACC also indicates that the advances were neither remitted nor substantiated by payment vouchers and for boarding purposes and that there were no reports back to the office.