Ex-NYS boss wants abuse of office case settled out of court

Ex-NYS boss wants abuse of office case settled out of court

Former National Youth Service (NYS) director Nelson Githinji is now seeking an out of court settlement in the case where he is accused of abuse of NYS office by allegedly using Ksh 497,355 to service and repair his private car.

The prosecution, however, maintains that they have instructions to go on with the case in court.

Principal Magistrate Lukas Onyina directed that the matter be mentioned on April 27th, 2016 for further directions.

Early February, Githinji was charged with abuse of office for allegedly using public funds to repair his private vehicle and fraudulently acquiring public property.

Githinji was arraigned in court alongside his former personal assistant Nicholas Makokha and the then Senior Mechanic Geofrey Kiriha who faced charges of abuse of office and conspiracy to defraud NYS.

It is alleged that Makhokha and Kiriha used their positions to help Githinji to benefit with 497,000 shillings from NYS accounts to repair his personal vehicle on the 4th of June 2014 at NYS headquarters in Ruaraka, Nairobi.

The three denied the charges before the Anti Corruption Court Magistrate Kennedy Bidali and were each released on a 200,000 shillings cash bail or an alternative of Ksh 1 million bond.

On February 4th 2016,  the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Keriako Tobiko recommended the prosecution of Githinji for abuse of office and other criminal charges.

The DPP, through a statement to the newsrooms, said that the investigations by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) presented sufficient evidence to charge him.

Githinji is also facing other charges including fraud and attempt to defraud the government through irregular procurement processes.

On November 16th, 2015, the DPP ordered the prosecution of Githinji alongside Devolution PS Eng. Peter Mangiti and businessman Benson Muchemi over allegations of fraud at NYS.

Tobiko accused the three of tampering with a public officer by trying to prevent NYS Senior Deputy Director General in Charge of Administration, Adan Harakhe, from reporting the loss of Ksh 695,400,000 to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations.

The DPP also accused the three of threatening and intimidating Harakhe with unspecified consequences if he proceeded to withdraw from the Integrated Financial Management Information System (IFMIS).

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Maureen Murimi
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