NYS made paras­tatal with board to tame graft

Business Daily (Kenya) - - ECONOMY & POLITICS - David Were [email protected]­tion­media.com At present, the NYS op­er­ates as a depart­ment of the Pub­lic Ser­vice min­istry

The Na­tional Youth Ser­vice (NYS) will for the first time have board of di­rec­tors after Par­lia­ment passed the NYS Bill 2018 that seeks to seal man­age­rial and op­er­a­tional gaps that have ex­posed the agency to mas­sive loot­ing in the past.

The pas­sage of the Bill hap­pened be­fore the House went on a long Christ­mas re­cess that ends in Fe­bru­ary next year, and the pro­posed law now awaits Stolen from the Na­tional Youth Ser­vice three years ago. the ap­proval of Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta.

The new mea­sures will con­vert the youth train­ing agency to a State-owned cor­po­ra­tion with a board that will over­see the man­age­ment headed by a chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer.

At present, the NYS op­er­ates as a depart­ment of the Pub­lic Ser­vice min­istry — which has ex­posed it to con­trol by bu­reau­crats and politi­cians.

The youth agency also lacked a board to over­see the man­age­ment, al­low­ing se­nior staff to op­er­ate with lit­tle con­trols.

“Cor­rup­tion has been ram- pant at the fa­cil­ity be­cause only the PS over­sights the DG. That is why when­ever there is a scan­dal, the PS and the DG have al­ways been sus­pended. In the new struc­ture, the min­istry will have no role. The coun­cil will do the job,” says Cab­i­net Sec­re­tary in charge of the min­istry Prof Mar­garet Ko­bia

Top civil ser­vants, Pub­lic Ser­vice PS Lil­ian Omolo, sus­pended NYS di­rec­tor-gen­eral Richard Ndubai and a number of busi­ness peo­ple were in May charged with the theft of nearly half a bil­lion shillings of pub­lic funds.

The Sh468 mil­lion scan­dal fol­lows a sim­i­lar scam three years ago at the same agency, which saw nearly Sh2 bil­lion get lost.

For­mer Devo­lu­tion PS Peter Man­giti and nearly two dozen NYS of­fi­cials in­clud­ing its for­mer head Nel­son Githinji were charged with fraud.

The board will con­sist of a non-ex­ec­u­tive chair­per­son ap­pointed by the Pres­i­dent, the Prin­ci­pal Sec­re­tary for the Ser­vice, PS in charge of Trea­sury, In­te­rior PS, At­tor­ney Gen­eral, and the Chief of the Kenya De­fense Forces among oth­ers.

The bill de­mands that the NYS grad­u­ates be given the first pri­or­ity to join the mil­i­tary and other dis­ci­plined forces.

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