DPP Noordin Haji's Instructions on Money Used to Bail Out NYS Suspects

  • Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji on Wednesday gave instructions to the Department of Criminal Investigations (DCI) that could block National Youth Service (NYS) scandal from making their bail payments.

    In a letter signed by the DPP, the DCI was asked to ensure that the suspects did not make the payments to the court using money that could have been acquired through corruption.

    Citing the ruling given by High Court Judge Hedwig Ong'udi to grant bail to Principal Secretary (PS) Lillian Omollo and 42 others, DPP Haji urged DCI boss George Kinoti to inspect the sources of the money paid for bail.

    "Please not to confirm the validity and legitimacy of the securities and funds being presented by the suspects in the above-mentioned cases for purposes of procuring their release on bail and bond.

    [caption caption="DPP Noordin Haji speaks during a past presser"][/caption]

    "Concerns have been raised by the Assets Recovery Agency (ARA) that some of the funds intended to be used are not only suspect but also the subject of current cases," the DPP's letter read in part.

    The DPP's concerns have been raised amid claims by some of the accused that the bail amount is impossible to raise.

    Through lawyer Cliff Ombeta, five members of the Ngirita family - Mama Lucy Wambui, Ann Wanjiku Wambere, Phyllis Ngirita, Jeremiah Gichini Ngirita and his wife, Catherine Wanjiku Mwai - told Chief Magistrate Douglas Ogoti that they could not raise the Ksh5 Million amount required from them.

    The family argued that their accounts were frozen therefore the funds were inaccessible, however, the judge declined to vary the terms of their release stating that the trial was yet to begin.

    NYS Director-General Richard Ndubai had already cleared the bail and handed in a logbook to his car that is valued at Ksh4 Million on Wednesday.

    Mr Wellington Lubira, a former Chief Finance Officer at NYS, had also deposited the logbooks for two cars, worth Ksh3.5 Million on Wednesday.

    [caption caption="Copy of letter to DCI boss George Kinoti from DPP Noordin Haji"][/caption]