, NAIROBI, Kenya, March 15 – The High Court has now directed 10 suspects in the National Youth Service scam to answer to money laundering charges.
Justice Joseph Onguto on Wednesday clarified that order barring plea taking applied only to one of the accused who had challenged the charges.
The judge said only Patrik Ogolla will not plead to the charges until a constitutional case he has filed contesting the charges is determined.
The prosecution had sought for more time to move to the High Court to seek interpretation of the High Court order after all the suspects failed to appear in court to answer to the charges on claims that the case against all of them was stopped.
The case will now be mentioned on March 18 before Chief Magistrate Daniel Ogembo.
The 10 suspects include businessman Benson Gethi, Josephine Irungu, John Kago, Charity Wangoi and Paul Kinuthia.
Others are Samwel Wachenje alias Sam Mwadime, Antony Gethi, John Hope, Martin Gachara and Jedida Wangari.
Last year, the Directorate of Criminal Investigations recommended that 21 officers in the Devolution Ministry be charged with fraud after it found that they had conspired to defraud the ministry.
The DCI recommended that the 21 officers to be charged alongside four suppliers whom they paid Sh791,385,000 for the supply of road construction and building materials between December 2014 and April last year.
Family Bank was also caught up in the NYS scandal prompting DPP Keriako Tobiko to order a probe of its top managers.
Anne Waiguru resigned as Devolution Cabinet Secretary amid the scandal, citing health reasons.
In November last year, Josephine Kabura in whose account Sh791 million NYS cash was deposited and redistributed denied charges of embezzling funds when she appeared before chief magistrate Daniel Ogembo.
The amount was deposited into the accounts of Kabura’s three companies – Form Home Builders, Reinforced Concrete Technology and Roof and All Trading.