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Lawmakers want firms in Sh9bn NYS scam named

MPs yesterday directed Youth and Public Service CS Margaret Kobia to reveal the names of companies involved in the fresh scandal at the National Youth

Service.

Members of the National Assembly Committee on Labour and Social Welfare want the list submitted to Parliament.

They spoke during a meeting with Kobia and senior ministry officials at County Hall in Nairobi.

Homa Bay Woman Representative Gladys Wanga said the list will reveal whether the companies are genuine or ghost firms.

“It cannot be business as usual. This theft is becoming the norm. We want to know the companies involved,” Wanga said.

She warned that Parliament could reconsider allocating funds to NYS if the theft persist.

Kobia said she had suspended payments to NYS contractors until investigations were completed.

She said the ministry was not aware of the exact amount that may have been lost in the fresh scandal because auditors gave them a clean bill of health.

The Daily Nation reported that Sh10 could have been lost.

Related : Sh11bn missing from Health ministry – Auditor General

“The reported scandal is of great concern to us as a ministry. A multi-agency team is investigating the matter. Let’s wait for their report,” Kobia said.

The CS said culprits will take personal responsibility. DCI detectives picked vouchers worth Sh900 million, Kobia said. “I’ve only read about the Sh10 billion in the media,” the CS said.

Kobia said NYS had a pending bill of Sh5.6 billion dating back to 2011. It was reported that some of the companies involved in the fresh scandal were also adversely mentioned in

previous theft cases at the agency.

The funds are expected to have been lost when Sicily Kariuki, now Health CS, was in charge of the Youth docket.

PS Lilian Omollo has since taken leave after the scandal emerged, Kobia said. Omollo has served as Youth PS since November 2015 when Anne Waiguru stepped down as CS following pressure over the Sh1.6 billion NYS scam.

Committee chairman Ali Wario said they raised a red flag in December last year, saying suspicious activities were going on at NYS.

“Some of the things being reported now are issues we had raised in a letter to the ministry, but were not taken seriously,” Wario said.

He called for speedy investigations.

James K’Oyoo (Muhoroni) and Fatuma Gedi (Wajir) said the matter was of great public importance .

The MPs told Kobia to immediately suspend the use of NYS buses to ferry commuters in Nairobi, saying it was not a function of the agency.

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