Kirinyaga County Governor Anne Waiguru Mumbo-Waiganjo should be a worried lady after parliament gave the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji three months to initiate prosecution of individuals involved in irregular award of Sh54.8 million contract for food supply to scandal-hit National Youth Service in 2014.
Ms. Waiguru-Waiganjo who is gearing up to become Mount Kenya leader was adversely mentioned in the scandal. She was then Cabinet Secretary for Devolution. The NYS scandal where over Ksh790 million was lost hounded her out of office.
The National Assembly wants Mr Noordin Haji to charge officials at the State department of Youth, Public Service and Gender who awarded tenders to firms that were not listed as suppliers.
Some of the suppliers were registered more than six months after the contracts were issued.
“The procurement contracts included a firm that was registered on June 16, 2015,” a report by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), that was adopted by Parliament last month states.
PAC chairman and Ugunja MP Opiyo Wandayi said the State department of Youth used invalid contract documents to procure goods and services contrary to the law.
“The committee recommends that within three months upon adoption of this report, the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions should prosecute those found culpable,” Mr Wandayi said.
Parliament last month adopted PAC’s report on the examination of audited financial statements for national government for the year 2016/17.
The report contains a recommendation requiring the DPP to prosecute those found culpable in the award of the contracts for supply of food and rations to NYS.
Francis Owino, the Principal Secretary for Youth department defended the procurement arguing the State department did not have contractors at the time.
In June 2018, four MPs, Mohammed Ali (Nyali), Caleb Amisi (Saboti), Tindi Mwale (Butere) and Kuria Kimani (Molo), named former Director of Criminal Investigations Ndegwa Muhoro, current Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki, former Devolution Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri, and Kirinyaga governor Anne Waiguru as key suspects who should be investigated.
The MPs, also tabled the list of 40 companies which they claimed benefited from the proceeds of the stolen NYS money through irregular or illegal payment.
Some of the companies include Rayman Company Limited, Rigi and Nana Company Limited, Puma Holdings Limited, Zintech International, Eagle Ciew Merchants Limited, Caldan Enterprises and Kiche Ventures. Others are Out-of-the-Box Company, Reinforce Concrete Technologies, Horizon Limited, Kevman Investsments, Mastery Enterprises, Telenodech Agencies, Chama Holding Limited, and Equip Agencies Limited.
When the news broke, MS Waiguru threatened to sue the MPs.
The Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) George Kinoti did nothing after this.
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