Gov’t freezes assets of NYS scam suspects

Gov't freezes assets of NYS scam suspects

The Government has frozen and seized assets of eight individuals linked to the looting of 791 million shillings at the National Youth Service (NYS).

In a gazette notice signed by the Assets Recovery Agency Director Muthoni Kimani, the agency said the properties belonging to the 8 suspects cannot be transferred, mortgaged, attached or disposed of in any way for the next six months.

The eight suspects are; Ben Gethi, John Kago Ndungu, Josephine, Charity Wangui Gethi, Jedidah Wangari Wangui, John Kago Ndung’u, Sam K. Mwadime, lawyers Patrick Onyango Ogola and Martin Muthoni Gitonga.

According to the gazette notice, the properties targeted in the order include two pieces of land in Muthaiga, a house in Rosslyn Estate, Nairobi, Eden Times Restaurant located in Mercury Building along Moi Avenue and a Range Rover Vogue all valued about 500 million shillings.

This comes barely a month after Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru resigned to pave way for investigations into corruption allegations at the National Youth Service (NYS).

Waiguru had been under pressure to resign following allegations of corruption at the NYS which led to the alleged loss of Ksh 791 million.

NYS Director General Nelson Githinji also stepped aside after Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko ordered for his prosecution over allegations of fraud, alongside Devolution Permanent Secretary Peter Mangiti.

Waiguru has been implicated in two major sagas; the National Youth Service (NYS) scam and a recent report that showed inflated prices of basic items by her Ministry.

The asset register for the financial year 2013-14 showed that the Ministry procured 18 male and female condom dispensers at a cost of Ksh 450,000 and 20 ballpoint pens at Ksh 174,000.

Additionally, the Ministry is said to have bought Kaspersky anti-virus at a cost of Ksh 973,780 in September 2013 and Adobe InDesign CS6 software for office use at a cost of Ksh 1,900,000.

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