Youth Fund paid Sh180m for fictitious deal, CS Sicily Kariuki says

Wednesday March 9 2016

Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki speaks during a consultative meeting with Kenya Women Parliamentary Association at Intercontinental Hotel in Nairobi on February 8, 2016. Ms Kariuki on February 27, 2016 said the NYS was not involved in voter registration. PHOTO | ROBERT NGUGI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki speaks at a forum on February 8, 2016. The Youth Fund board paid Sh180 million for a non-existent ICT consultancy contract, the CS has said. PHOTO | ROBERT NGUGI | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By JOHN NJAGI
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The Youth Fund board paid Sh180 million for a non-existent ICT consultancy contract, Youth Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki has said.

Ms Kariuki said Sh5.9 million had been awarded for the same contract earlier and that there is documentary evidence that it took place.

She said, however, that there was no proof of work done for the Sh180 million contract.

The CS said she and the fund's acting chief executive officer had confirmed the contract to be “fictitious”.

The ICT strategy was part of Youth Fund Strategic Plan for 2013 to 2017, and the Sh5.9 million won by Microflex, an ICT company, was comprehensive and ready for implementation.

On the Sh180 million contract won by Quorandum Ltd, she said, there was no evidence whatsoever that it took place, adding that the deal was done through a fraudulent process.