CS Kobia, officials at centre of NYS scandal to appear before lawmakers Friday

May 21, 2018 12:01 pm
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Over 40 top officials, including procurement managers have already been sent on compulsory leave over the matter, even as the police started recording statements from them/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 21- Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee has now invited Public Service Cabinet Secretary Margaret Kobia and her predecessor in the docket Sicily Kariuki to shed light on the on-going probe over the mega scandal at the National Youth Service (NYS).

The watchdog’s chairman Opiyo Wandayi said the members had resolved that Kobia and suspended Principal Secretary Lilian Omollo appear before them on Friday while Kariuki who now heads the Health docket will be appear on a yet to be announced date.

Kariuki, who was in charge of the Youth Ministry at the time, had replaced Anne Waiguru (now Kirinyaga Governor) who had resigned from the Cabinet in the wake of the first NYS scandal.

Also required to face the MPs is NYS Director General Richard Ndubai, who stepped aside alongside Omollo to pave way for the ongoing police and EACC investigation into the loss of over Sh9 billion.

“The committee has reserved to invite the Cabinet Secretary currently responsible for public service and youth to appear before it on Friday at 10am. The Committee has also resolved to invite the Cabinet Secretary for public service and youth that was in office during the financial period 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 whose report are currently under review with the committee,” he said.

Omollo and Ndubai are among the 41 people that the DCI has recommended be held criminally responsible for the loss of the NYS funds through a scheme identified by the detectives when they began investigations late last year.

The suspended PS was appointed to the post in the ministry at the same time as Kariuki but retained the docket as her boss was shuffled to the Health ministry when President Kenyatta named his second term Cabinet earlier this year.

Ndubai’s predecessor Nelson Githinji stepped down after facing charges relating to the theft of Sh695.4 million from the service.

“We have additionally resolved to invite the Director-General of the NYS who was in office during the financial period 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 whose reports are currently under review with the Committee,” the PAC Chairman stated.

Over 40 top officials, including procurement managers have already been sent on compulsory leave over the matter, even as the police started recording statements from them.

Others to record statements are suppliers who received fictitious payments from NYS and top managers from various banks that handled the payments.

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