The taxpayer lost Sh 23 billion in the infamous National Youth Service scandal, a parliamentary committee has revealed.
The Public Accounts Committee wrote that the Auditor General’s report provided a basis for the committee’s investigations and it revealed massive fraudulent activities, including Sh 791 million, a further Sh 609 million among irregularities.
There was also an attempt to steal Sh 695 million. The report adds that on further investigations, the committee called for submissions from both the permanent secretary, Public Service and Youth Affairs and the Director of IFMIS which revealed that the sum in question.
Of the Sh 23 billion lost from the ministry’s of planning coffers, Sh 10 billion is directly traced to the NYS accounts.
The committee has recommended that the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC) to conduct a thorough lifestyle audit of top officials of the ministry of Devolution and the National Youth Service , including former Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru spanning the last five years.
Waiguru, should be barred from holding public office, if found guilty after due process, in light of her overall leadership failures at the ministry during her tenure.
The report on a probe on the NYS by the PAC also recommends that the EACC and the DCI to conduct investigations with a view to establish whether the Governor of the Central Bank of kenya, Dr. Patrick Ngugi Njoroge should be charged with abuse of office.
The committee chaired by Rarienda Member of Parliament Nicholas Gumbo, accuses the CBK governor of abetting the theft of funds at the ministry of Devolution and Planning and the NYS.