Court declines to adjourn NYS scandal case again


Court declines to adjourn NYS scandal case again
From Right: Former Youth and Gender Principal Secretary Lilian Omolo, former National Youth Service (NYS) Director-General Richard Nduba and other suspects charged with theft of funds at NYS. The trial begins on Monday, October 29. PHOTO| WALTER DZUYA

In Summary

  • The High Court issued orders freezing 10 bank accounts belonging to former PS Lilian Mbogo after a successful application by the Assets Recovery Agency.
  • The 37 suspects are charged with offences of conspiracy to commit an offence of economic crime, abuse of office, willful failure to comply with applicable procedures and guidelines relating to management of public funds.

The High Court on Wednesday declined to again adjourn a case involving former Youth Affairs PS Lillian Omollo and ex-Director General of NYS Richard Ndubai.

In his directive, Magistrate Douglas Ogoti said that the application by the defence did not meet the threshold to warrant an adjournment of the court.

“There are 37 accused persons, it is a peculiar trial and this court will guard against applications that trample on other accused persons,” said Magistrate Ogoti.

This comes after one of the defence counsels asked the court for a November 12 adjournment citing more time with his client over the new charges.

Prosecution however opposed this application saying that was meant to delay the trial.

On Monday, the case was forced to adjourn after statements of the five new witnesses acquired by the prosecution were found missing.

The witnesses, now turned State witnesses, were earlier accused of their involvement in the over Ksh.468 million NYS scandal.

On Tuesday, October 30, the High Court issued orders freezing 10 bank accounts belonging to former PS Lilian Mbogo after a successful application by the Assets Recovery Agency.

The 37 suspects are charged with offences of conspiracy to commit an offence of economic crime, abuse of office, willful failure to comply with applicable procedures and guidelines relating to management of public funds.

Other charges include neglect of official duties, fraudulently making payments, breach of trust, making documents without authority, uttering false documents, false accounting, fraudulent acquisition of public property, dealing with suspect property and money laundering.

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