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Why Raila thinks Uhuru is shielding Waiguru in NYS scandal

Cord leader Raila Odinga on Tuesday declared the prosecution of Devolution Principal Secretary Peter Mangiti as an attempt by the Jubilee administration to cover up for the beneficiaries of corruption at the National Youth Service.

Mr Odinga’s protest came as police summoned Mr Mangiti and NYS Director-General Nelson Githinji to appear before the Banking Fraud Investigations Unit for final interrogation before they are arraigned in court.

Dr Githinji announced on Monday night that he had stepped aside from the position to clear his name.

COVER UP

Mr Odinga, in a statement issued from London, said that the speedy decision to prosecute Mr Mangiti and Dr Githinji was a cover up for the highest beneficiaries of the Sh695 million scandal.

“I believe Peter Mangiti and Nelson Githinji are not alone in whatever they are accused of doing. They are just but the apostles of the High Priestess of corruption in Kenya, whom, for some mysterious reasons, the Jubilee regime is determined to protect at all costs,” the Cord leader said.

Mr Odinga has in the past sharply criticised the way the government has handled the loss of Sh791 million at NYS and the conspiracy to scheme another Sh695 million and has on several occasions demanded the suspension of Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru, who he claims, is being protected by State House.

On Monday, President Uhuru Kenyatta told Nandi Hills MP Alfred Keter to stop antagonising Ms Waiguru. Mr Keter has been seeking to table a Motion to impeach Ms Waiguru over corruption allegations at NYS.

EXAMINE TENDERS

On Tuesday, Mr Odinga demanded that an international audit firm be appointed to examine all the tenders that have been awarded by NYS since 2013 and unearth the money trail to trace the beneficiaries of the scandals.

“The only way the government can convince Kenyans that it is genuine in its anti-corruption drive on this NYS saga is by appointing an independent international audit firm to look into the transactions and accounts of NYS and all the tender procurement and payment since April 2013 and assign responsibility,” he said.

“The firm must be instructed to follow the money trail and unearth the real beneficiaries of these payments. The report of the firm should be made public and submitted simultaneously to both the President and Parliament.”

If the government fails to appoint an international audit firm, it would be taken as proof that it was covering up and protecting the beneficiaries, he said.

SOURCE: Daily Nation