NYS cancels 11 tenders in renewed war on corruption

Thursday January 14 2016

A section of the National Youth Service guard of honour march during a passing out parade. PHOTO | FILE

A section of the National Youth Service guard of honour march during a passing out parade. PHOTO | FILE NATION MEDIA GROUP

By PETER LEFTIE
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The scandal-ridden National Youth Service (NYS) has cancelled 11 multi-million shilling tenders in a move aimed at streamlining its procurement procedures to weed out corruption.

The move, the Nation learnt, was informed by a decision to split the Devolution and Planning ministry into two, which saw NYS transferred to the new ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender.

The tenders for the provision of various goods and services were first advertised by the Planning Ministry in mid September last year and were to be opened on October 1, last year.

They include supplies for uniform, uniform material, bedding, cutlery and kitchen equipment, cleaning and sanitary items, professional cleaning services,  tyres, tubes, motor vehicle batteries, food, wood fuel and LPG gas and borehole drilling materials.

Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs spokesman Brown Kutswa said on Wednesday the cancellation was prompted by the transfer of the NYS to the new ministry.

“The tenders were advertised before the ministry was split and NYS transferred from the Ministry of Devolution to the new ministry. It means that the tender The development was also informed by a circular from Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich requiring all tendering matters be carried out by the respective ministerial tender committees.

“There was a circular directing that all government tenders be handled by tender committees. Those committees have not been constituted. That is the reason these tenders and many others not just at NYS but across many ministries have been stopped,’ Mr Kutswa explained.

The NYS has been under the spotlight lately following the theft of Sh791 million through corrupt deals.

The scandal saw the then Devolution cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru resign and several top ministry and NYS officials including the Principal Secretary Peter Mangiti kicked out of office.