In Summary
  • Dr Mangiti and 23 others, among them members of the Ministerial Tender Committee, were acquitted of the charge  of conspiracy to commit economic crime.
  • The other suspects were Mr Hassan Noor Hassan and Senior Deputy Director-General  Adan Gedow Harakhe.
  • The hearing of fraud charges against Dr Mangiti and 23 other suspects, among them Ben Gethi, Josephine Kabura, and former NYS Director-General Nelson Githinji, is pending in a different court.
  • The 24 are facing charges in connection with the loss of Sh791 million at the NYS.

One of the cases against the suspects in the 2015 National Youth Service (NYS) scandal, among them former Devolution PS Peter Mangiti, was dismissed on March 9 this year after the prosecution failed to link them to the charges they were facing.

Dr Mangiti and 23 others, among them members of the Ministerial Tender Committee, were acquitted of the charge  of conspiracy to commit economic crime after Chief Magistrate Kennedy Bidali ruled that the prosecution failed to provide sufficient evidence to prove that there was, indeed, a conspiracy to commit a crime.

The other suspects were Mr Hassan Noor Hassan and Senior Deputy Director-General  Adan Gedow Harakhe.

The magistrate said that  for a conspiracy case to be proved, there must be evidence that the accused persons, indeed, held a meeting, mooted the idea, and agreed to commit the said offence.

The court further said the witnesses exonerated the accused instead of implicating them.

CASE TO ANSWER

But the court found  that Selesio Karanja had a case to answer. Mr Karanja a supply chain assistant at NYS, was accused of  inserting  the name of Dama Services Ltd on the tender-opening register for the procurement of training materials for  the automotive engineering faculty. The alleged crime was committed on January 29, 2015.

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