Kenya: DPP declares Waiguru’s 10 million shillings graft case before EACC

Nairobi – 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 (EACC).

Acting Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Grace Murungi revealed that the matter was under active investigation as it was referred to the ODPP on March 25, 2022 and the EACC subsequently charged reception on April 1, 2022.

Reports have emerged that the case investigating the Governor of Kirinyanga for abuse of power for improperly receiving advances in the amount of Ksh 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. The EACC sent a letter dated April 1, 2022 acknowledging receipt and is currently acting on 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 a decision can be made,” 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 the 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 was no report back to the office.