In Summary
  • The bill would strengthen NYS operations and its management structure through reforms in the procurement and finance departments.
  • It will also see the creation of a 12-member council that will directly supervise the NYS director-general, as well as provide a linkage between the service and the Big Four agenda and Vision 2030.

National Youth Service (NYS) graduates will now be given the first priority to join the military and other disciplined forces during recruitment exercises, following the passage of the 2018 NYS Bill by the National Assembly on Thursday.

The approval came before the House went on a long Christmas recess that will end in February next year.

However, this will depend on whether President Uhuru Kenyatta signs the bill into law once it is presented to him.

If he approves it, NYS graduates will also be absorbed into Regular Police, Administration Police and Kenya Coast Guard units.

Besides enhancing direct entry into the disciplined services, the bill also seeks to stem wanton theft and misuse of public funds that have dogged the NYS for a long time.

REFORMS

It will also see the creation of a 12-member council that will directly supervise the NYS director-general, as well as provide a linkage between the service and the Big Four agenda and Vision 2030, especially on Sustainable Development Goals.

The proposed council will also be in charge of policy formulation. Currently, the principal secretary in the ministry oversees the operations of the NYS boss.

Majority Leader Aden Duale said the bill would strengthen NYS operations and its management structure through reforms in the procurement and finance departments.

The reforms include fixing weaknesses identified in its structure, which hinder achievement of the agency’s mandate. Loopholes in governance, monitoring and other roles will be addressed.

“Passage of this bill will clear the mess young people go through at NYS. Those who looted from NYS coffers must be held accountable and must return all the money or property they took,” Mr Duale said.

LOOTERS

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