The National Youth Service (NYS) was hit by a new Sh10.5 billion scandal early this year, dealing a fresh blow to President Uhuru Kenyatta’s fight against corruption.
The money was allegedly siphoned from the institution in the last three years, according to multiple sources, in a well-orchestrated scheme involving senior government officials and ghost suppliers.
The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) instituted investigations late last year and its findings revealed a trail of plundering of hard-earned taxpayers’ money.
The Director of Public Prosecutions, Mr Noordin Haji, preferred charges against perpetrators who have since been arraigned in court.
Mr Haji said the theft involved payment of pending bills, adding that his main mandate was to ensure that the law is applied properly to seal any loopholes in investigations and possible prosecution. As many 47 people, according to the DCI, should be held criminally responsible for the systematic looting.
According to the Nairobi News, Ms Ann Ngirita, one of the 47 suspects already charged in court, is among those whose bank accounts have been frozen. She holds an account at Unaitas Sacco Microfinance Bank. Among those charged in connection with the looting at NYS are Youth Affairs Principal Secretary Lilian Mbogo-Omollo and NYS director-general Richard Ndubai. They all pleaded not guilty to charges of fraud, abuse of office and conspiracy to commit corruption. The cases against them only relate to the loss of Sh457 million from NYS.
Whereas the investigations are still going, and prosecutions are in process, we demand that the culprits face jail terms and the loot to the tune of Ksh. 10 billions be recovered. While we demand speedy court processes to bring this issue to an amicable end, the Kenyan Government through the relevant agencies only moved to freeze the Bank accounts of only 13 NYS firms worthy only Ksh. 121 million out of a possible Ksh. 10 billion lost! Many at times we rarely see the government recovering what has been stolen. Support this petition to demand that the relevant government agencies move to recover the entire 10 billion lost through the second NYS Scandal