Public Service PS Lilian Omollo, NYS Director Richard Ndubai step aside amid sh. 9 bn scam

Public Service and Youth Affairs Principal Secretary, Lilian Omollo presents working tool to Cohorts Enlisted in Youth Empowerment Program in Mathira Constituency, Nyeri County when she commissioned them on Friday April 7, 2017. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Nairobi,KENYA:The NYS Director-General Richard Ndubai and the Public Service and Youth principal secretary Lillian Mbogo Omollo have stepped aside to pave way for investigations regarding the latest NYS scandal.

The duo stepped aside after it emerged that they were responsible for operations at the Ministry of public service during the period the NYS payments were made.

According to the statehouse spokesperson Manoah Esipisu who confirmed the news through his Twitter handle, the two officers had handed in their 3-months stepping aside letters on Friday afternoon.

“Investigative agencies have over the past few weeks been investigating payments at the National Youth Service (NYS), with a clear intention of ascertaining whether they were made following the correct procedures whether they were made for services delivered; and whether there was any fraud committed in the processes. The two officers directly responsible for the functions of the NYS in the period being investigated are the Principal Secretary responsible for NYS, Ms Lillian Mbogo Omollo, and the NYS Director-General Richard Ndubai. This afternoon, the President accepted the offer by the two officers to step aside for a period of three months to allow investigating agencies to complete their work @UKenyatta” the Statehouse Spokesperson Manoah Esipisu tweeted.

On Monday, PS Omollo accused the NIS boss Phillip Kameru of inflating the figure which was under investigation.

Mrs Omollo claimed that the figure under investigations was sh 800 million and not sh 9 billion as claimed by Mr Kameru.

Their decision comes after MPs on Thursday threatened not to approve any budgetary allocations for NYS programmes until action is taken against the culprits behind the alleged Sh9 billion scandal.

The National Assembly’s Committee on Labour and Social Welfare also demanded the list of the fictitious companies that were paid the money to be made public.