President Kenyatta orders restructuring of NYS to tackle corruption


President Kenyatta orders restructuring of NYS to tackle corruption
President Uhuru Kenyatta and newly appointed Principal Secretary for Youth Affairs Dr. Francis Otieno Owino. PHOTO/PSCU

In Summary

  • The president at the same time gave firm instructions to the newly appointed Principal Secretary for Youth Affairs Dr. Francis Otieno Owino to ensure that the agency is streamlined.
  • Mr. Kenyatta said NYS was never meant to be a conduit for enriching a few individuals but an initiative to empower and change the lives of millions of young Kenyans.
  • The organisation has previously been plagued with scandals involving millions of shillings, leading to the firing and arraignment of high ranking government officials.

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday approved the restructuring of the National Youth Service (NYS) to deal with serious managerial and operational challenges that have faced the organisation.

The president at the same time gave firm instructions to the newly appointed Principal Secretary for Youth Affairs Dr. Francis Otieno Owino to ensure that the agency is streamlined.

Mr. Kenyatta said NYS was never meant to be a conduit for enriching a few individuals but an initiative to empower and change the lives of millions of young Kenyans.

The Head of State directed the new PS to resolve all financial and administrative bottlenecks at NYS that prevents it from fulfilling its mandate.

Key among the proposed changes is the establishment of an oversight board which will effectively make NYS a body corporate with a Director General as the Chief Executive Officer.

The organisation has previously been plagued with scandals involving millions of shillings, leading to the firing and arraignment of high ranking government officials.

The president was speaking at State House, Nairobi where he witnessed the swearing-in of both Dr. Owino and Mrs. Esther Koimett who takes over as the new PS for Transport.

The Cabinet also approved a clean-up of the organization’s Supply chain management function and reforms in its budgetary and internal audit sections.

During the swearing-in ceremony also attended by Deputy President William Ruto, the president reminded the newly appointed PSs’ that the oath of office and accountability pledge that they had taken and sworn was a personal commitment to integrity.

“We expect the highest degree of integrity and loyalty to the people,” President Kenyatta told the two PS’s.

President Kenyatta added that, as the principal accounting officers in their respective dockets, the they hold the final responsibility of all activities and actions in their respective departments.

 

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