President Uhuru Kenyatta has sacked the chairman of Youth Fund Bruce Odhiambo and seven others.
Bruce Odhiambo who replaced Gor Semelang’o at the Youth Enterprise Fund was sent home as the investigation on the missing sh180 million is still ongoing – the case that saw Catherine Namuye sacked as well.
In a letter availed to Public Investment Committee by Public Service Head Joseph Kinyua, Kenyatta dismissed Odhiambo alongside seven other members of the board home.
The seven others who were laid off include Sella Bongoko, Paul Gathura Ng’ang’a, Sabra Omar Hussein, Jane Mutinda, Mike Wamae, Clement Ayungo and Nicholas Mwaniki.
A part of the the gazzete notice reads:
“In exercise of the powers conferred to me by Section 7 (3) of the State Corportaion Act Cap.446, I Uhuru Kenyatta,President of the Republic of Kenya and Commander-in-chief of Kenya Defence Forces, revoke the appointment of Bruce Odhiambo as the chaiman of the Board of the Youth Enterprise Development Fund.”
Mr Odhiambo was appointed as the Board Chairman in 2007 to replace Gor Semelang’o. Before Catherine Namuye was sent home, she repeatedly said she got orders from Odhiambo, who made her a single signatory to the Youth Fund account. Odhiambo, who had denied this claim, had remained in office allegedly for his close links to state house. But today, President Uhuru has floored that notion after he sacked his close ally.
Bruce, reportedly a bosom friend and classmate of President Uhuru Kenyatta has received a fair share of the scandal. He came into spotlight when he was named at the center of a multi-billion scandal amounting to KSh 180 million, under the Devolution and Planning Ministry.
It is also estimated that under Bruce Odhiambo, about sh1 billion has been robbed or embezzled without any proper account being rendered.
The Youth Fund is among the big money institutions, and was conceptualized to shore up youth employment in Kenya but has turned into a fertile ground for corrupt people.
The big dismissal came just moments after statehouse chief of staff Joseph Kinyua was arraigned before the Public Investment Committee for questioning over the Sh180 million scandal.
Kinyua, former Planning PS Peter Mangiti and former Devolution CS Anne Waiguru are among officials lined up for grilling by the National Assembly’s PIC over the stolen youth fund.