21 govt officials named in NYS scandal report

Friday September 11 2015

Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru

Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru (left) and Principal Secretary Mwanamaka Amani Mabruki at a press conference at Harambee House on September 11, 2015. PHOTO | WILLIAM OERI | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By CAROLINE WAFULA
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The Director of Criminal Investigations has recommended 21 government officers be prosecuted over the National Youth Service (NYS) scandal.

Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru said investigations revealed that Sh791 million was lost in suspicious payments to various private companies.

NYS Senior Deputy Director Adan Harakhe is among officers who, according to the DCI, should be charged in relation to the fraud.

Four of those facing charges are senior officers in Ms Waiguru’s Devolution and Planning ministry.

The rest hold various positions in the NYS.

Ms Waiguru, who has faced heat with regard to the fraudulent dealings at the NYS, announced at Harambee House on Friday that she would submit the full list of the 21 officers to the Ministerial Human Resource Advisory Committee.

“The completion of this stage of the investigation is a positive step and as a Ministry we are relieved that this matter is progressing towards closure,” she said.

DISPUTED TRANSACTIONS

The DCI’s report confirms that there was conspiracy to defraud the NYS Sh695 million in respect of committed disputed transactions.

The investigations also identified similar fraudulent payments worth Sh791 million paid to four suppliers for road construction and delivery of building materials between December 2014 and April 2015.

The DCI has also handed the report to Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko.

The NYS employees listed in the report are Senior Deputy Director Adan Harakhe, Mr Samuel Wachenje, Mr Hendrick Ntongesa Pilisi, Mr Naftaly Githinji, Ms Ruth Njeri Hihu, Mr Charles Onsase Nyaachi, Mrs Mary Wangui Mbuthia, Mr Ezekiel Karanja Kamau and Mr James Gitau Kanuthu.

Others are Mr Samuel Kilonzi, Mr Fredrick Okello Nasiche, Mrs Regina Nyambura Mungai, Mr Philip Joshua Otinga, Ms Jane Wangeci Gichuki, Mr David Dicks Alunga, Mr Titus Libondo and Mr Chemos Kororia Ndiema.

The officers from the Devolution and Planning ministry are Mr Joel Kanyi Karenju, Mr Francis Kariuki, Ms Jennifer Manyara Mugure and Ms Roda Kavu Makau.

The suspicious dealings came to light after the Central Bank of Kenya raised the red flag over huge sums of money paid to private companies by the NYS.