NYS Director General Richard Ndubai, Principal Secretary Lillian Mbogo Step Aside

  • National Youth Service (NYS) Director-General Richard Ndubai and Youth Principal Secretary Lillian Mbogo Omollo on Friday stepped aside from their posts over the alleged Ksh9 Billion NYS scandal.

    According to a statement from State House, the two tendered their requests to step aside for three months as investigations continue.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta granted the requests assuring the public that the culprits would be brought to book.

    Investigative agencies have over the past few weeks been investigating payments at NYS, with a clear intention of ascertaining whether they were made following the correct procedures and whether they were made for services delivered; and whether there was any fraud committed in the processes.

    [caption caption="Public Service PS Lillian Mbogo (extreme right), CS Margaret Kobia, CS Sicily Kariuki and CAS Rachel Shebesh"][/caption]

    "The two officers directly responsible for the functions of the NYS in the period being investigated," State House spokesman Manoah Esipisu stated.

    He added: "The President has every confidence in the work of the investigative agencies, and in the event of any wrongdoing is established, he has directed that swift prosecution should follow.

    "The President also expects any public official directly implicated in the investigations to uphold the code of integrity and ethics to which they are committed and to act accordingly," the spokesman conveyed.

    The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) unearthed the scandal following investigations that outlined how the funds were embezzled in 2016 through deals with suspicious companies.

    The two bosses, alongside Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki, were expected to appear before the National Assembly Public Accounts Committee (PAC), headed by Ugunja legislator Opiyo Wandayi, on Monday.

    [caption caption="File image of Health CS Sicily Kariuki speaking to the press"][/caption]