MPS’ threat to cut NYS fund­ing

Leg­is­la­tors say ac­tion must be taken against those in­volved in the lat­est scam

Daily Nation (Kenya) - - NATIONAL NEWS - BY SAMWEL OWINO @owino_samwel smundu@ke.na­tion­media.com

MPs have threat­ened not to ap­prove any bud­getary al­lo­ca­tions for Na­tional Youth Ser­vice (NYS) pro­grammes until ac­tion is taken against those be­hind the Sh10 bil­lion scan­dal.

The Na­tional Assem­bly’s Com­mit­tee on Labour and So­cial Wel­fare, which over­sees the Min­istry of Pub­lic Ser­vice, Youth and Gen­der Af­fairs, also de­manded that the list of the fic­ti­tious com­pa­nies that were paid the Sh10 bil­lion be made pub­lic.

Dur­ing a meet­ing with Cab­i­net Sec­re­tary Mar­garet Ko­bia yes­ter­day, the law­mak­ers were cat­e­gor­i­cal that they will not con­tinue to give money to the NYS, which is rid­dled with scan­dals.

“It is not pru­dent any­more to con­tinue pump­ing bil­lions into NYS with all these scan­dals that we are wak­ing up to ev­ery­day. We are not get­ting value for money chan­nelled to­wards NYS,” Gla­dys Wanga, Homa Bay Woman Rep­re­sen­ta­tive said.

Mean­while, nom­i­nated MP David ole Sankok de­manded that the min­istry pub­lish the names of the peo­ple be­hind the fic­ti­tious com­pa­nies that were paid at the ex­pense of those who of­fered ser­vices.

“We want to know the faces of the peo­ple be­hind these com­pa­nies and the spe­cific amounts they re­ceived from the min­istry,” Mr Sankok said.

Dr Ko­bia told MPS that she was still not sure of the ex­act amount of money lost in the scam since she is yet to re­ceive a re­port from the in­ves­tiga­tive agen­cies.

The com­mit­tee’s Chair­man, Mr Ali Wario, how­ever, faulted the CS for fail­ing to find out on her own the ex­act amount lost.

“If my house is on fire, I must do some­thing to find out the cause and not nec­es­sar­ily wait for in­ves­ti­ga­tions and, there­fore, as CS in charge, you should do some­thing as you wait for the re­port,” Mr Wario said.

Dr Ko­bia said the min­istry’s pol­icy on such mat­ters is very clear, adding that ac­tion will be taken against those found cul­pa­ble once the in­ves­ti­ga­tions are com­pleted.

She urged the MPS to give the in­ves­ti­ga­tors time to do their work.

The CS told the com­mit­tee that the pay­ment vouch­ers that the min­istry gave top of­fi­cials from the Di­rec­torate of Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tions amounted to Sh900 mil­lion, but said the fig­ure could be higher.

In a memo to Dr Ko­bia on May 12, Pub­lic Ser­vice Prin­ci­pal Sec­re­tary Lil­ian Mbogo Omollo also said the amount be­ing in­ves­ti­gated is Sh900 mil­lion, not Sh10 bil­lion as re­ported in the me­dia.

The Sun­day Na­tion, which broke the story, re­ported that the amount in ques­tion is Sh10.5 bil­lion.

It is not pru­dent tp con­tinue pump­ing bil­lions into the NYS with all these scan­dals that we are wak­ing up to ev­ery day.” Gla­dys Wanga, Homa Bay woman rep­re­sen­ta­tive

MARTIN MUKANGU | NA­TION

The Min­istry of Pub­lic Ser­vice’s CAS Rachel Shebesh (left) and PS Mar­garet Ko­bia be­fore the the Labour and So­cial Wel­fare Com­mit­tee yes­ter­day.

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