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NYS a “cash cow” for senior Govt officials, says Jubilee MP

16 February 2016, 20:49 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – Two legislators want the National Youth Service (NYS) disbanded and the trained youths absorbed into the Police Service and the Kenya Defense Forces (KDF).

Jubilee coalition MP, Alfred Keter (Nandi Hills) and his CORD counterpart Peter Kaluma (Homa Bay Town) said the latest revelations on how the KES 791 million was looted from NYS and shared shows that the Service is a “cash cow” for individuals in top leadership.

“NYS projects must be crushed. Parliament must cease budgetary allocation to NYS beginning this financial year until the funds previously appropriated are fully accounted for,” said Keter.

He said the former Devolution Cabinet Secretary, Anne Waiguru who has been widely mentioned in the NYS scandal by Christine Kabura, a business lady linked to the NYS fraud, should face criminal action and refund the lost public funds.

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Keter claimed that Waiguru instituted cartels in the NYS to help in the looting and that her move to transfer some senior officers from the Service such as the former NYS Director General Japheth Rugut was a plot to bring in individuals who would not question her “suspicious” directives.      

“It is high time Rugut was reinstated to the helm of NYS. The Director of Public Prosecutions must withdraw criminal cases facing those public servants taken to court as scapegoats, and direct thorough and proper investigations into this scandal,” said Keter.

Kaluma said the anti-corruption commission CEO Khalakhe Waqo, his Deputy and the entire secretariat in charge of investigations into the NYS saga that cleared Waiguru of the charges should resign or be removed from office for attempting to cover up the “open theft.”

“That Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) cleared this lady (Waiguru) of corruption confirms the rot in the current EACC secretariat. The silence by the Presidency claiming to be fighting corruption following these scary revelations is too loud to believe,” said Kaluma.

They said they are going to table a motion in Parliament to have the EACC secretariat re-vetted to restore sanity and public confidence in the commission.      

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