Tobiko denies claims of shielding Waiguru

Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko has denied the Opposition’s claims that he is shielding Devolution and Planning Secretary Anne Waiguru from prosecution over a Sh695 million scam, saying his decisions are based on evidence and law.

Mr Tobiko said allegations of bias and political manipulation are an emerging trend by leaders to politicise legal matters.

“Allegations of compromise and other ulterior considerations by my office in the execution of my high public duty are completely baseless and unwarranted,” Mr Tobiko said.

“Our fidelity is to the Constitution and the law. Politicians should not drag our legal processes into parochial political theatrics that only serve to defeat justice.”

Opposition leader Raila Odinga on Tuesday said the impending prosecution of Devolution Principal Secretary Peter Mangiti and National Youth Service (NYS) director-general Nelson Githinji was a cover-up for the beneficiaries of corruption at the agency.

The supreme law says the DPP “shall not be under the direction or control of any person or authority.”

Mr Odinga claimed that Mr Mangiti and Mr Githinji were under the direction of Ms Waiguru when they committed the alleged crimes, but the Jubilee government is determined to protect her at all costs.

Mr Tobiko on Monday authorised Mr Mangiti and Mr Githinji be charged with inducing a senior government official not to report the planned theft of the Sh695 million to the police.

They also face a charge of threatening Adan Gedo Harakhe, senior deputy director-general in charge of administration at NYS.

Mr Odinga questioned the decision to speedily prosecute the two before investigations by the Banking Fraud Investigations Unit are concluded.

Ms Waiguru has distanced herself from the shadowy dealings.

SOURCE: BUSINESS DAILY