May 18, 2018 - 6:07 PM
by David Karani
Public Service Principal Secretary Lilian Mbogo Omollo and the National Youth Service (NYS) Director-General Richard Ndubai have stepped down to facilitate investigations into the multi-billion scandal at the youth service.
State House spokesman, Manoah Esipisu confirmed that President Uhuru Kenyatta had accepted the resignations.
“Investigative agencies have over the past few weeks been investigating payments at the NYS, with a clear intention of ascertaining whether they were made following the correct procedures; whether they were made for services delivered; and whether there was any fraud committed in the processes”, the statement from State House said.
The two officers directly responsible for the functions of the NYS in the period being investigated are the Principal Secretary responsible for NYS, Ms Lillian Mbogo Omollo, and the NYS Director-General Richard Ndubai.
“This afternoon, the President accepted the offer by the two officers to step aside for a period of three months to allow investigating agencies to complete their work”, the statement added..
The statement added that thePresident also expects any public official directly implicated in the investigations to uphold the code of integrity and ethics to which they are committed and to act accordingly.
“The President has every confidence in the work of the investigative agencies, and in the event any wrongdoing is established, he has directed that swift prosecution should follow”, it added.
The fresh NYS multi-billion scandal occurred, when corrupt officials created companies then assigned them contract numbers, made fake local purchase orders and created tracks of service deliveries in place of genuine, pre-qualified companies.
The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) has interrogated Public Service Principal Secretary and NYS Director-General.
The Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti is on record saying Ms Omollo and Mr Ndubai would face a second round of inquiries. He insisted those found culpable would be arrested and charged while another official said heads would roll as early as this week.
Detectives investigating the scandal are trying to piece information together to find out how companies were paid several times for the same service.