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House summons Waiguru over NYS graft saga

25 June 2015, 08:12 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – The embattled Devolution Cabinet Secretary, Anne Waiguru has been summoned by the National Assembly Labor and Social Welfare committee for grilling regarding the KES 800 million corruption saga at the National Youth Service (NYS).

The decision to have Waiguru appear before the Labor committee next week Tuesday was reached following the Parliament’s overwhelming passage of a motion seeking to have her respond to the MPs questions on NYS graft saga, which they consider “a definite matter of urgent national importance.”

Opiyo Wandayi (Ugunja), who sponsored the motion, argues that citizens are greatly concerned with what is happening at NYS yet it is a key institution for development of the youth.  

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“The NYS has lately dominated news for all the wrong reasons; reports of attempted fraud amounting to about KES 800 million, power struggles within leadership, violent public demonstrations and counter-demonstrations regarding its activities, skewed recruitment of the youth contrary to the letter and spirit of the Constitution and general corruption,” Wandayi argued.

He warned that if the current NYS state is left unchecked, it may not only undermine the capacity of the institution to deliver on its mandate but also jeopardize efforts of national cohesion and integration.

Corruption allegations at NYS have turned political, with the Deputy President William Ruto and MPs from the government maintaining that Waiguru will not step aside to allow for investigations as demanded by the opposition.

Legislators allied to the Jubilee alliance have accused the opposition of attempting to block the government from implementing key projects including the transformation of the NYS that has led to creation of many jobs for young people. 

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