Kenya: MPs Clash As Waiguru Is Grilled Over NYS

ODM rebel MPs and their Jubilee counterparts yesterday hijacked a parliamentary committee and defended Devolution CS Anne Waiguru against corruption allegations.Waiguru was appearing before the National Assembly Committee on Finance to answer questions raised by MPs over corruption and mismanagement of funds allegations at the National Youth Service, a department of the Devolution and Planning ministry.

She however said the NYS has lost no money since the Sh826 million fraud was detected at a formative stage.

“No money was lost, because detection was made at Stage Two of the 25-stage process, by detecting and averting a loss that is actually a confirmation that IFIMS technology is actually effective,” Waiguru said.

She confirmed that the CID is investigating the expenditure of Sh695,400,000 at the NYS, saying Sh133,200,000 worth of projects had been cleared as regular.

There were allegations that over Sh600 million was lost through fraudulent and payments to companies associated with senior Devolution ministry officials.

In a rude shock to their senior colleagues, MPs Ken Obura (Kisumu Central) and Richard Onyonka (Kitutu Chache South) told off Ugunja MP Opiyo Wandayi, who had questioned “massive loss of funds at the NYS through skewed projects”.

ODM treasurer Timothy Bosire (Kitutu Masaba) and Wandayi, who is also the ODM secretary of Political Affairs, watched in disbelief as their two colleagues tore into them openly, showering praises on Waiguru, whom their party leader wants probed.

Over 60 MPs, the majority of them from Central Kenya, led by their Parliamentary Group chairman Denis Waweru (Dagoretti South), among them the chairpersons of various committees, attended the event-packed session at Continental House.

The ODM legislators lauded the CS for undertaking a “serious exercise” to empower tens of thousands of unemployed youth through NYS.

NYS graduates are leading community youth in development projects, including slum-cleaning initiatives aimed at uplifting the livelihoods of the informal settlements through which they earn an average of Sh500 per day and save in Saccos, where they can access financial loans.

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