Suspects accused of looting funds from the National Youth Service tried to use their ill-gotten wealth to persuade investigators against pursuing them, Government Spokesman Eric Kiraithe said Friday.

He however added that their actions would attract additional charges in court.

“Those who steal public money will do everything possible in their power to compromise investigations. In the past, many cases involving loss of money were reported and later we were told there is no evidence,” Mr Kiraithe said.

He added: “This time round we are not ready for those stories. Investigating teams have been resourced sufficiently to ensure sufficient justice. All those who have tried to compromise shall be arrested and prosecuted.”

Besides the NYS scandal, detectives are pursuing suspects who stole from the Kenya Pipeline Company and the National Cereals and Produce Board.

More than Sh9 billion worth of contracts are being scrutinised in the NYS saga.

Public Service Principal Secretary Lillian Mbogo-Omollo and NYS director-general Richard Ndubai are among officials being investigated.

They were forced to leave office pending the outcome of the investigations.

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