, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 5 – Devolution Principal Secretary Peter Mangiti on Thursday morning appeared before Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission detectives for questioning over the theft of Sh791 million at the National Youth Service, siphoned through the IFMIS system.
EACC Director of Communication Yassin Amaro told Capital FM News that the PS was summoned to shed light over massive corruption within the department.
The anti-graft body has since presented far reaching recommendations in a bid to seal corruption loopholes within the National Youth Service.
Among the recommendations detailed in the Corruption Risk Assessment report, EACC wants an overhaul of key departments within the service, which includes Finance, Administration and Human Resource.
The report exposed massive corruption within the procurement department, which was accused of settling on the highest bidder while purchasing goods.
Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru has since recorded a statement with the police over the scandal as directed by the Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko.
During the presentation of the report on October 26, Waiguru said within one month she will overhaul the departments identified in the report. She however made clear that she recorded the report as the person who raised the red flag.
“The recommendations are tough…one is a complete overhaul of the process and the system, we need to automate for example in terms of revenue collection,” she stated.
Other recommendations include, “building the human resource capacity, there are certain areas where we have inadequate staff. The recommendations are diverse. We will have to re-look on all of them completely.”
If the Corruption Risk Assessment (CRA) which she had requested EACC to undertake was in place, “we would be a better place certainly. I don’t believe if we implement the recommendations as we have been given that we will have the same challenges.”
EACC Chief Executive Officer Halakhe Waqo who released the report said it is aimed at ensuring early detection of corruption, real time reporting and develop stringent disciplinary mechanism.
The risk assessment report singles out poor financial management, procurement and internal audit systems as key ingredients to corruption at the state department that has dominated news lately due to loss of hundreds of millions.
“The recommendations provided aim at institutionalizing good financial management systems such as; tight systems of control in revenue collection, cash handling, accountability, procurement and ensuring that the internal audit function performs its duties with the requisite autonomy,” he stated.
The assessment, he said disclosed a number of irregularities in the approvals and surrender of imprests which have not been, “accounted for or properly surrendered.”
Investigations conducted by the CID have unearthed the loss of over Sh700 million in dubious deals, besides much more paid out through the IFMIS system.
The EACC is undertaking a fresh investigation into dubious deals at the institution and has already questioned its Director General Nelson Githinji.