Sh791m NYS scam is the tip of the iceberg, activists say

Analysts contacted by the Nation contend the rot could be deeper than what has been revealed.

Thursday March 3 2016

Inuka Kenya CEO John Githongo addresses the press during the Kenya Youth Survey Report launch by the Aga Khan University's East African Institute at the Serena Hotel on January 18, 2016. Mr Githongo told Nation that the country had “sunk to a new low” going by what had been exposed in the NYS scam. PHOTO | DIANA NGILA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Inuka Kenya CEO John Githongo addresses the press during the Kenya Youth Survey Report launch by the Aga Khan University's East African Institute at the Serena Hotel on January 18, 2016. Mr Githongo told Nation that the country had “sunk to a new low” going by what had been exposed in the NYS scam. PHOTO | DIANA NGILA | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By EDWIN OKOTH
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The Sh791 million National Youth Service scandal is just the tip of the iceberg in the level of graft in the country, anti-corruption crusaders say.

Analysts contacted by the Nation contend the rot could be deeper than what has been revealed, as next year’s elections approach.

Anti-corruption crusader John Githongo said the country had “sunk to a new low” going by what had been exposed.

The whistle-blower believes there is more unrevealed about the rot in government, posing a huge threat to the country’s economic prospects.

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“We are at the lowest we have ever been and it will get worst as we approach the general elections. In fact, this is just a small thing and you can see how it has become muddy. The tragedy is that this time, we have systemic corruption which affects every sector, making the network harder to deal with,” Mr Githongo told the Nation.

The nature of the graft currently being witnessed “spreads  across government, touching on all crucial institutions including those charged with fighting it”.

It, he added, had also tainted the Supreme Court, the country’s topmost fountain of justice, the electoral body charged with managing the process of electing top leaders and the military that guards the country from external aggression.

Even the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, charged with fighting the dragon and the watchdog Parliamentary Accounts Committee, had not been spared.

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