102 VOTERS SUPPORT WAIGURU BID TO QUASH PAC REPORT.

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Former Devolution Cabinet Secretary Ann Mumbi Waiguru leaving after appearing before Parliamentary Account Committee (PAC) on March 16.2016.

BY SAM ALFAN.

102 voters from Kirinyaga County have backed bid by former Devolution Cabinet Secretary seeking report by Parliamentary Account Committee (PAC)  quashed.

The voters of the said County argue that the said report has failed to take into account all the relevant factors.

They claim that the National Assembly recommendation again the Jubilee Party gubernatorial candidate be barred from vying any elective office contravenes the provisions of Article 81(A) AND (D) as they will not be in a position to exercise their political rights.

They further argue that the National Assembly failed to facilitate public participation and involvement in its business before reaching its decision.

“In arriving at its decision, national Assembly contravened the provisions of Article 70 which establishes an Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission which is mandated to deal with ethical matters, “reads the petition.

The Kirinyanga Gubernatorial aspirant filed a similar case at the court challenging the National Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee recommendations

PAC ordered she held responsible for the loss of over 719 million Shillings at the National Youth Service and recommended that a lifestyle audit on Waiguru and top officials in the devolution ministry be conducted for the last five years and that the outcome be made public by December 31.

Waiguru last month moved to court seeking to have the same report by Public Account Committee which was adapted by Parliament quashed.

Waiguru also wants the Ethics and Anti-corruption  Commission barred from conducting a thorough lifestyle audit .

In the period the former CS wants the commission restrained from commencing fresh investigations.

She argues that the findings of PAC on the special Audit report dated May 2016 on the Accounts of NYS :that she is responsible for the entire loss of public funds at the ministry during her tenure is irrational.

She argues that in reaching its findings PAC relied heavily on the uncorroborated, contradictory and false evidence of Josphine Kabura .

“No evidence was producer before PAC linking me to the companies allegedly paid within the record time of delivery of goods and services,” Waiguru says in court documents.

Through lawyer Issa Mansour,   She further claims that the decisions of the PAC is not only irrational but also unreasonable in view of the fact that there was no evidence of impropriety by her at the ministry and NYS to support a finding that she contravened provision of chapter 6.

The lawyer submitted that,  the committee disregarded the evidence of Ndegwa Muhoro, the DCI director, who had investigated the matter and found out that documents relating to the NYS scandal were found in the houses of suspects already facing prosecution.

Mansur said there is no new evidence to warrant a decision for fresh investigations against Waiguru, and that the decision is an abuse of office.

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