Did taxpayers lose Sh20 billion in NYS scandal?

“That NYS alone, they stole more than Sh20 billion, not Sh1.6 billion.”
-  Raila Odinga in Kakamega on June 3, 2017

In 2016, a special audit of the National Youth Service  accounts by the Auditor General revealed an elaborate scheme to defraud taxpayers that led to the loss of Sh1.9 billion and an attempted theft of Sh695 million.

But the losses could have been worse than what the Auditor General uncovered, according to a report on the special audit by the parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

The report, that was released in March this year, states that the sum which may have been misappropriated, and needs to be further investigated by the Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) and the Ethics and Anti- Corruption Commission(EACC), may be to the tune of Sh23 billion for the entire ministry. Of that sum, slightly over Sh10 billion is directly traceable to NYS.

The committee concluded that the theft was well orchestrated and recommended that Ms Waiguru “be barred from holding public office, if found guilty after due process, in light of her overall leadership failures at the Ministry.”

It also found the then Principal Secretary, Peter Oganga Mangiti, responsible for the loss of public funds, and recommended that Mr Mangiti, Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen, and others involved in the scam be investigated and charged for loss public funds at NYS.  The PAC also affirmed other recommendations of the Auditor General.

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