BY KAMORE MAINA
November 3, 2015
A probe into the multi-million scandal at NYS has unearthed an additional Sh106 million paid to three other companies all owned by Josephine Kabura.
Even after Devolution CS Anne Waiguru announced that she had invited the Directorate of Criminal Investigations to probe the theft of the cash at NYS, it has emerged Gilnak General Supplies, Mindful Learning Equipment and Gilgrains General Supplies were paid the cash.
This brings the money lost through the NYS deals to Sh897 million.
A probe report prepared by the head of the Anti-Banking Fraud Unit Joseph Mugwanja has recommended fresh investigations into the payment of the Sh106 million.
Josephine, the businesswoman at the centre of the National Youth Service Sh791 million scandal insists all the transactions were above board.
On Monday, she filed an affidavit at the Milimani Law Courts registry in which she claimed Anti-Banking Fraud officers are yet to question her on the cash.
â€œI have never been contacted, interrogated and requested to write any statement on the Sh791,385,000, despite the Anti Banking Fraud Unit arresting, detaining me for over 48 hours and taking my statement on other unrelated issues,â€ she said in her affidavit in court.
Irungu, whose companies allegedly received some of the payments, said the money paid was for services rendered.
Her affidavit was in reply to allegations leveled against her by investigator Corporal Jeremiah Matipei.
Matipei had said Form Homes Builders, Reinforced Concrete Technologies Limited, Roof and All Trading Company received a total of Sh791 million between December 2014 and March 2015.
Irungu says that the police did not produce any evidence of wrongdoing or prove that the money in question was paid fraudulently.
On Monday the Star visited Josephineâ€™s mother in her rural home in Murangâ€™a, who said she does not believe her daughter did anything wrong.
Cecilia Waithera, a retired nurse who lives in Kiambicho village, told the Star the family would not make any conclusions until police completed investigations.
â€œWe have heard the claims that my daughter was involved in the theft of money from NYS,” Waithera said.
Cecilia was preparing a meal of githeri in her humble home, hardly an image of affluence. She said her husband Wilson Irungu, a retired school bursar, had gone to the local shopping centre.
She occasionally walked to a zero-grazing shed to tend to her one cow.
â€œI have heard it said that Josephine is being investigated. She does not call or visit much nowadays,â€ she said guardedly.
Josephine is the third-born in a family of six. She learned how to braid hair from her aunt, who owns a salon along Nairobi’s Koinange Street, and got a job in the salon.
Police investigating the NYS saga believe Josephine registered a number of companies and was used as a front by influential businessmen to siphon off money through fictitious supplies.
They have established that all the Sh791 million irregularly paid from NYS was all wired to an account held by one of her companies, Form Home Builders Ltd., at Family Bank, KTDA branch, Nairobi.
Josephine allegedly distributed the cash to two other accounts she holds, Reinforced Concrete Technologies and Roof And All Traders Ltd.
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