(Xinhua) -- Kenyan police
have arrested about 20 suspects from the National
Youth Service (NYS) over a 90 million U.S. dollar
Youth Affairs Principal
Secretary Lillian Mbogo-Omollo presented herself to
the police on Monday as investigators intensify
probe into the scandal at the NYS, the country’s
premier vocational training institute for
under-privileged youth, involving some of its
The arrests were ordered on Sunday by Director of
Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji after he
independently reviewed all the ten inquiries files
related to the ongoing investigations at NYS and
directed that prosecution commence immediately
against all 48 named suspects.
"A team of experienced prosecutors led by the DPP
is currently undertaking a final review of the
files," Haji said.
"The DPP assures the public that appropriate
directions based on analysis of evidence and the law
shall be issued without undue delay," he added.
Among those arrested are NYS director-general
Richard Ndubai and top finance and procurement
They were held at various police stations ahead
of their prosecution this week.
The suspects are likely to spend another night
there ahead of their prosecution on Tuesday.
"We spent the night looking for them. They will
also spend theirs in custody ahead of their
prosecution, probably on Tuesday," said an official
with knowledge of the operation.
The arrests of senior government officials signal
looming arrests and prosecutions of more than 40
other suspects, including NYS managers, suppliers
and treasury officials.
Reports indicate that on Friday, Haji and DCI
director George Kinoti met to review statements
recorded by the individuals suspected to have been
involved in the latest NYS scandal.
Investigations were launched after it emerged
that an unknown amount of money could have been lost
at the NYS through fictitious payments.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has ordered speedy
investigations that have seen Omollo and Ndubai step
aside. All NYS procurement, finance and accounting
personnel who are under investigation have been sent
on compulsory leave.
A multi-agency team pursuing allegations of fraud
in paying tenders is embarking on the second phase
of their probe.
Investigators want to establish if there are any
case of collusion between suppliers and public
officers that may have led to theft of money in
fictitious claims involving billions of shillings
(tens of millions of dollars).
welcome government swoop on corruption suspects
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenyans have lauded their
government as it takes decisive action against
public workers and business people accused of
The government on Monday arrested 40 people
accused of corruption as it hunts for 14 others
still at large.
The individuals include a senior official in the
Ministry of Public Service and Youth Affairs and
several other senior servants linked to a 90 million
U.S. dollar scandal at the National Youth Service.
The suspects are said to have engaged in
fraudulent dealings that include payment for goods
They are to be arraigned in court on Tuesday and
charged with various corruption-related offenses.
Kenyans have rejoiced the swoop, noting it
reaffirms President Uhuru Kenyatta’s quest to stem
the vice that had dogged his administration since he
took office in 2013.
Public anger has been rising in the last few days
as claims of corruption surface from key government
Other organizations under investigation include
Kenya Power, Kenya Pipeline Company, National
Cereals and Produce Board, Youth Fund and Kenya
Millions of dollars in public funds are said to
have been lost in the scams in the public service
"I am very happy for the swift action from the
"These people must pay for the looting," Asbel
Kinyua, a motorbike rider in Nairobi, said on
Kinyua noted that corruption had become endemic
in the country that it is seen as a way of life.
"People have been stealing without any
consequences and in the process destroying lives of
the sick, the elderly, children and the youth.
"In fact, if you don’t steal, you appear to be
the bad one," he added.
Tracy Anabwa, a vegetable seller in Nairobi,
hopes the current arrests would lead to prosecution
and jailing of the corrupt.
"We have seen people arrested before, taken to
court and the cases drag on for years and they are
let off the hook. It happened in the first National
Youth Service scandal," she said.
"This should not happen this time."
Social media has been alight with discussions on
corruption in the last two weeks, with the issue
trending under various hashtags, including #stopnysthieves
"Light fears darkness.
"The antidote to corruption is transparency.
"Let all ministries, counties and state
corporations have functioning websites with names
and ranks of their top management and board members
and their salaries.
"The public will be doing public auditing of
their lifestyles," lawyer Donald Kipkorir offered on
Twitter on Tuesday.
"If we are to deal with corruption, just do
lifestyle audit of all public officers and you will
wonder how some who recently joined county and
national governments are driving latest cars and
live in mansions with little salary as 400 dollars a
month," said Nickton Chesaina.
With past wars on corruption having yielded scant
results, some social media users have cast doubts on
the current one.
"Have you ever asked yourself why nearly all
corruption scandals only come to the light after
"Why aren’t they busted during or just after?
"Maybe the whole intention isn’t stopping
corruption after all.
"Corruption networks exists in known places but
cells are left," said Kinyan Boy on Twitter.
"Instead of going for the big fish, the small
fish becomes the soft target in the so-called fight
against corruption," said Joel Mwendwa.
"This is another hot air."
On Tuesday morning, nearly all radio and TV talk
shows were about corruption, with citizens
expressing their anger.
"The police should also go for the cabinet
secretary in the ministries involved because they
carry the biggest responsibility.
"This is the only way to eliminate graft," said
Samuel Okusimba on a morning radio talk show.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has backed the current
arrests and prosecution of the corruption suspects
as he seeks to redeem his legacy in the second and
"We will not tolerate unethical people in
"People with responsibility must be ready to
serve and not to be served or loot from the public,"
Ernest Manuyo, a business management lecturer in
Nairobi, noted that lots of money is lost through
corruption in Kenya, curtailing economic growth.
"Kenyans are paying for the economic crimes
"When money budgeted for road construction is
looted, it is the public that suffers because of
poor road network," said Manuyo.
A survey released in 2016 by the East African
Institute showed that 50 percent of youth in Kenya
do not care what means one uses to make money as
long as they don’t land in prison.
Some 30 percent of those polled noted that
corruption is profitable, with 35 percent being
ready to give or receive a bribe to achieve any
goal, statistics that Manuyo say should worry the
Kenyan society since the social fabric is in shreds.