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Governor Waiguru Dragged Into the New multi-billion NYS Scandal

Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru, former PS Peter Mangiti and former director general Nelson Githinji have been dragged back to the multibillion-shilling Nationa Youth Service(NYS) scandal.

Public Service and Youth PS Lillian Omollo ,who stepped aside to give way for investigations,said her department paid Sh9 billion to suppliers as pending bills from her predecessors.

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Omollo told the National Assembly Public Accounts Committee on Friday her office paid the suppliers Sh6.2 billion in Financial Year 2016-17 and Sh2.8 billion in 2017-18.

She said she paid an additional Sh6.6 billion to cohorts, an amount that had accrued for three years before she assumed office in December 18, 2015.

The accounting officer then was PS Peter Mangiti, the holder of authority to incur expenditure was then NYS DG Githinji and CS Anne Waiguru, Omollo told the committee chaired by Ugunja MP Opiyo Wandayi.

“The situation we inherited in NYS when we took offi ce from December 18, 2015, and for director general in January 2016, was one of absolute confusion in all matters relating to procurement and financial statements,” she said.

Omollo said some of the 1,600 suppliers who submitted delivery notes to her office have been threatening her over the pending bills.

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“We spend sleepless nights over their threats, consistent calls and intimidation. This has become part of our daily way of life. We have 1,600 delivery notes from suppliers whom we have listed, but if you have not followed the procurement process, I won’t pay,” she said.

In 2016, the EACC cleared Waiguru of any wrongdoing in the Sh791 million NYS scandal. Some estimates placed the amount at Sh1.6 billion or more.

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