EACC Says Nelson Githinji Should Face Charges For Fraud

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has suggested that former National Youth Service Director-General Nelson Gitau Githinji should face charges for abuse of office and fraud. The commission blames the former NYS boss Gitau Githinji for conspiring to defraud and fraudulently acquire public property and insists he should face charges for his actions.

Others recommended to be charged alongside him include the former Chief Inspector of NYS and Personal Assistant to the Director General Nicholas Juma Makokha and former Senior Superintendent Mechanic at the NYS Geoffrey Kimani Kiriha.

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Keriako Tobiko revealed that the recommendation for the arraignment is contained in some files which EACC sent to his office.

This comes after an investigation that linked Mr Githinji to servicing and maintaining his privately owned vehicle with NYS fund. EACC revealed that the vehicle, registration number KBS 475S was serviced for Sh497,335, money the commission claims belongs to the NYS.

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Mr Nelson Githinji had stepped down voluntarily as director-general following Mr Tobiko order that he be charged alongside others over a Sh695 million fraud.

The commission tasked to battle graft in the country, also demands that Turkana Roads, Transport and Housing Executive Tioko Logorion should be arraigned in court for abuse of office, and deliberate failure to act in accordance with procurement laws and illegal acquisition of public property.

Mr Tioko will be arraigned together with county officials David Moranga, Joseak Kosgei, Lawrence Lolii, Nancy Tatoi, Benson Logei, Aposo Namoru, Stephen Gole and Wilfred Lakiyoto.

In the letter EACC sent to the office of the DPP, the commission  stated that the named persons awarded a contract to rehabilitate the Lodwar-Napeikar-Moruese road for Sh11 million.

The commission also revealed that the same road had already been constructed by the Kenya Rural Roads Authority (Kerra) for Sh1.2 billion.

Besides their prosecution, the EACC also asked the DPP to make sure that the suspected persons are made to return money they reportedly acquired illegally.

EACC through the letter also suggested  ‘recovery proceedings’ should be instituted against Lawrence Lolii to recover the money lost.

Recall that President Uhuru Kenyatta, in an address to the Parliament on March 26, 2015, tasked the commission to probe  all corrupt public officers. The NYS has since drawn national interest with several corruption allegations leveled against different individuals at the agency, including Mr Nelson Githinji, and some businessmen.

The trial of the 25 National Youth Service (NYS) officers charged with fraud was set for March 23 to March 25th 2016.

The scandals stirred up the resignation of Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru and Planning Principal Secretary Peter Mangiti. The demand for prosecutions of the named persons come a day after Captain Sam Michuki was named the director-general of the NYS as announced by Public Service Principal Secretary Lilian Omollo on Friday .

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Prior to his appointment, Mr Michuki had been the senior NYS deputy director in charge of the Kibera Slums Upgrading Project.