, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 16 – Nelson Githinji has stepped aside as the Director General of the National Youth Service, hours after the DPP ordered he faces charges for blocking a probe into a conspiracy to steal Sh695 million.
Githinji issued a statement late Monday saying he had learnt that Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko “has recommended that I be charged with a misdemeanor of obstructing my Deputy Adan Gedo Harakhe from performing his duties.”
He said it was with a clear conscience and respect for the rule of law and Constitution that he “decided to step aside as the Director General of National Youth Service. My stepping aside will allow me to focus on protecting my long record of selfless public service.”
Githinji thanked President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto for their faith in giving him the patriotic assignment.
“I give them my assurance that in the fullness of time, the judicial process will show that I was faithful to my oath of office and never let them and the country down,” he said.
Githinji is due to be charged alongside Planning Principal Secretary Peter Mangiti for attempting to block a probe into the attempted theft of Sh695 million from the National Youth Service.
A statement from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions says they will be charged with tampering with a public officer contrary to section 107(a) of the Penal Code for “threatening and intimidating,” NYS accounting officer Adan Harake.
“The trio (together with businessman Ben Muchemi) attempted to dissuade Harakhe from reporting and following up with the CID the matter relating with the conspiracy to steal Sh695 million,” the statement reads.
It continues to state that the three threatened Harakhe, “with consequences, If he proceeded to decommit from the IFMIS system the said sum of Sh695 million.”
Twenty-three persons including Muchemi will on the other hand be charged with the theft of another Sh791 million through fraudulent IFMIS transactions.
READ: Mangiti, Githinji to be charged over Sh695mn NYS conspiracy
They are Regina Mungai, Fredrick Okello, Josephine Kabura, Peter Otwoma, Hendrick Pilisi, Samuel Wachenje, Jane Wangechi, David Alunga, Titus Libondo, Chemos Ndiema, Naftali Githinji, Ruth Hihu, Charles Nyaachi, Mary Wangui, Ezekiel Kamau, James Gitau, Samwel Kilonzo, Philip Otunga, Jennifer Mugure, Rhoda Makau, Joel Karenju and Francis Kariuki.