40 public servants, 14 business people due in court over NYS scam

Youth and Gender Principal Secretary Lillian Omollo []

National Youth Service Director-General Richard Ndubai stands accused of preparing and forwarding fake LPOs later used in paying dubious suppliers.

Youth and Gender Principal Secretary Lillian Omollo also faces similar charges of forwarding fake LPOs for the National Youth Service and also abuse of office.

Ndubai and Omollo are among 54 suspects expected to be arraigned in court on Tuesday to face charges into the theft of Sh9 billion in NYS.

The Director of Public Prosecution Noordin Haji said 40 of the suspects are public servants while 14 are business people.

Haji said there is enough evidence to charge the 54.

Investigations conducted by DCI indicate that one of the businessmen accused of the theft, James Thuita and his wife Wanjiku Ngugi backdated and forged the LPOs.

They received Sh115 million through their company Firstling Supplies Limited.

Sam Michuki, the acting assistant Director-General is accused of overseeing the issuance of fraudulent vouchers while senior NYS Deputy Director Nicholas Ochieng is facing charges of convening the second verification committee that approved the payment of the fraudulent vouchers.

According to the Star, Wellington Lubira the Incur Expenditure Holder (AIE), stands accused of approving the payment to the fraudulent vouchers while Clement Murage is accused of okaying the payment as the accounting officer.

By yesterday, 47 people had been arrested in the swoop.

Among those arrested was Ann Ngiriti who was paid Sh60 million for supplying ‘air’ to NYS.

Her mother, sister, and brother who were linked to the several companies that allegedly supplied to NYS were also arrested.