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NYS boss steps aside after DPP orders for his arrest

17 November 2015, 12:08 Arap Yego

Nairobi - Beleaguered National Youth Service (NYS) Director General, Dr Nelson Githinji Monday evening announced that he had stepped aside, a few hours after the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) directed that he should be arrested.

DPP Keriako Tobiko had earlier ordered for the immediate arrest and prosecution of Dr Githinji, Devolution Principal Secretary Peter Mangiti, and businessman Benson Muchemi over an alleged conspiracy to defraud NYS of KES 695.4M.

The NYS director in a statement sent to newsrooms insisted that he is innocent and will be vindicated, and noted that he is stepping aside to pave way for smooth investigations to take place.

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“Today, sections of the media have reported that the DPP Keriako Tobiko, has recommended that I be charged with a misdemeanor of obstructing my Deputy Adan Gedo Harakhe from performing his duties,” noted Githinji in his statement.

“With a clear conscience, my respect of the rule of law and our Constitution and with my abiding faith in our judicial system, I have decided to step aside as the Director General of National Youth Service. My stepping aside will allow me to focus on protecting my long record of selfless public service,” he added.

The immediate former NYS boss at the same time thanked the head of state and his deputy for appointing him to the position. He expressed confidence that the courts will find him to be innocent.

“I give President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto my assurance that in the fullness of time, the judicial process will show that I was faithful to my oath of office and never let them and the country down,” concluded the statement by Dr Githinji.

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