NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 2 – Former National Youth Service (NYS) Deputy Director General Adan Harakhe on Thursday told a Nairobi court that he was hounded out of office after he fell out with his superiors.
Harakhe said his problems at the NYS started after he raised concerns that his password for the Integrated Financial Management System (IFMIS) had been hacked with a motive to steal the State corporation’s funds.
He has since been charged with abuse of office over a Sh47 million tender.
He gave the evidence after he was called by the prosecution to testify against former Deputy Director General Claire Lwali who is separately charged with abuse of office.
Lwali is accused of acquiring accommodation and conference facilities at Naro Moru River Lodge at Sh4,476,000 without the approval of the Ministerial Tender Committee.
While giving evidence against her, Harakhe said proper procurement procedures were not followed.
But he told trial Magistrate Kennedy Bidali that the procurement process was not part of Lwali’s job, “hence she cannot be faulted.”
The witness said although nearly all senior officers from NYS attended the conference, he only learnt about it after it was over.
“After the conference, the Director General came and told me that they had discussed to remove me as an AIE holder (Authority to Incur Expenditure),” he told the court.
It is at the point, he reported the hacking of his system to the CID after realising over Sh800 million had been stolen.
“I was thrown out of office but I am not bitter. The truth will come out one day. I fully defended the law but I got hounded out of office,” Harakhe added through a cross-examination session by lawyer Dunstan Omari.