Opposition tells Uhuru to sack CSs Rotich and Kariuki over Sh9bn NYS scam
4 months ago, 17 Maý 00:24
The Opposition has demanded the resignation of two Cabinet secretaries and the Controller of Budget over the Sh9 billion National Youth Service (NYS) scandal.
If Mr Henry Rotich, the Treasury CS and his Health counterpart Sicily Kariuki and budget boss Ms Agnes Odhiambo do not quit within 24 hours, then President Uhuru Kenyatta must demonstrate that he means business and sack them, said Nasa co-principal Musalia Mudavadi.
Ms Kariuki was the Public Service CS when the suspicious payments were made.
Mr Mudavadi, the Amani National Congress (ANC) leader and a former Finance minister, said the three must be held jointly responsible “for this act that can only be described as a robbery”.
“President Kenyatta has been talking about cracking the whip and ‘business unusual’. This is the time to walk the talk. All the officers around this issue must step down to allow full investigations into the matter,” said Mr Mudavadi.
The Sh9 billion scandal occurred, investigators believe, when corrupt officials created companies then assigned them contract numbers, made fake local purchase orders and created tracks of service deliveries in place of genuine, pre-qualified companies.
Already, the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) has interrogated Public Service Principal Secretary Lilian Mbogo-Omollo and NYS Director-General Richard Ndubai.
Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti said Ms Omollo and Mr Ndubai would face a second round of inquiries. He insisted those found culpable would be arrested and charged while another official said heads would roll as early as this week.
President Kenyatta, following what is reported to have angered him, had on May 12 summoned Ms Omollo’s boss, CS Margaret Kobia, to explain the scam.
CRACK THE WHIP
And as Mr Mudavadi called on the President to crack the whip on his officials, the Raila Odinga-led ODM officials John Mbadi (chairman) and secretary-general Edwin Sifuna called for a thorough audit and action on the scam that will potentially make a joke of the Sh791 million scandal at the same agency, and which led to the resignation of Ms Anne Waiguru as the Devolution ministry’s CS in 2015.
“The President owes it to Kenyans to call upon his officers who were in office when this scandal happened to step aside,” Mr Mbadi said. He, however, faulted investigative agencies for taking too long to conclude corruption cases thereby promoting the vice in the public sector.
“We need to see results from these investigations carried out by EACC (Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission) and DCI,” Mr Mbadi said. “The issue of investigative agencies failing Kenyans in the past is well known and that is why it is my take that the Auditor-General should conduct an independent investigation and forward his report to Parliament for action,” he added.
In Kakamega, Mr Sifuna said the party expects no stone to be left unturned. “Whoever is involved, we are told it touches on the high and mighty in this country, should be caught and brought to book,” Mr Sifuna said.
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