PAC IS Fooling Kenyans Unless It Interrogates The Big Fish and The Untouchables
The Parliamentary Accounts Committee (PAC) has been investigating the mega corruption scandal at the Kenya National Youth Service (KNYS) in which Ksh 1.8 billion was stolen by a notorious cartel running the Jubilee government. Although there have been very dramatic scenes during the hearings with witnesses being confronted by PAC members to explain how money got stolen, the Kenya Red Alliance (KRA) views the PAC approach as part of a cover-up of the scandal.
This is because since it kicked off its investigations, PAC has mainly been interrogating the small fish implicated in the scandal while avoiding “the untouchables” whose names have been publicly linked to the scandal.
For example, PAC spent a lot of time questioning Josephine Kabura, a key witnessed who informed the Committee that through 20 companies she set up within a very short period of time, she conducted business with the KNYS at the tune of Ksh 1.6 billion. While Kabura’s appearance before the Committee was welcome, the big question is why key personalities who may have been behind her have not been summoned by the PAC.
From details emerging from the Committee, Kabura’s looting of tax payer’s money was facilitated by former Cabinet Secretary (CS) Ann Waiguru who has also appeared before the Committee. Waiguru is alleged to be the girlfriend of President Uhuru Kenyatta whom she has worked with in the past and who appointed her Cabinet Secretary soon after the 2013 election rigging. Waiguru told the Committee that there is a cartel whose members she couldn’t name which was behind the theft.
If Waiguru is the invisible hand behind Kabura as many believe, then it follows that whoever is behind Waiguru must be more powerful than Waiguru herself. If the government was serious in apprehending the thieves, then the likes of Waiguru ought to have been taken into custody long time ago to name members of the cartel whose leader is known to be the President. Instead of frying Kabura, the right person who ought to be appearing before the Committee is President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Despite her frustrations, Waiguru did mention the names of Farouk Kibet, the Personal Assistant of Deputy President, William Ruto, and Kipchumba Murkomen, the Senator of Elgeyo Marakwet and Ruto’s right hand man. It is highly unlikely that both Farouk and Murkomen were engaged in corrupt deals with KNYS without the knowledge of the DP. While Faouk’s name was deleted from the list of suspects in the scandal by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Ruto has been at loggerheads with Waiguru over the former CS’s assertion that Ruto’s close allies were linked to the scandal. Under the circumstances, PAC ought to have summoned Farouk, Murkomen and Ruto to be interrogated by the Committee if it wants to get to the bottom of the matter. If PAC continues to treat certain personalities as “untouchables” the simple conclusion is that PAC is itself participating in the cover up of the scandal.
In this video, Chairman Martin Ngatia underlines the fact that PAC proceedings are a waste of time if the Committee cannot get the big fish. For KRA, the attempt to establish the identities of those who stole tax payer’s money at KNYS will fail because PAC is toothless. If a miracle happens and PAC summons “the untouchables”, hope might be restored. For now, KRA does not believe that anything tangible will come out of the Committee. The corruption cartels will win and it is for this reason that KRA is appealing to Kenyans to vote Jubilee thieves out of power in the 2017 elections.