ANNE WAIGURU’S POINTMAN AT NYS STEPS DOWN

NYS DIRECTOR STEVEN GITHINJI

NYS DIRECTOR STEVEN GITHINJI

NAIROBI – The man who was appointed under unclear circumstances to head the National Youth Service has stepped aside over allegations of corruption.

The NYS Director General Nelson Githinji resigned after Keriako Tobiko, the director of public prosecution, ordered his arrest for abating corruption and hindering investigation into the scandal that has rocked the NYS.

Tobiko said that Githinji should be charged with conspiracy to defraud the government of more than $7 million from the NYS.

Also facing similar charges is Peter Mangiti, the planning secretary in the ministry of devolution.

Both are accused of blocking the investigations and threatening witnesses, including Adan Gedo Harakhe, the deputy director general.

Harakhe was one of the 21 officers who were initially suspended by Devolution Minister Anne Waiguru when the NYS scam was unearthed.

Waiguru appointed Githinji in May 2014 to replace former provincial commissioner Jasper Rugut via SMS.


Githinji was joined the service at a time when its budget increased to more than $100 million for unclear reasons. Its responsibilities were expanded to include dam constructions and slum upgrades.

Githinji formerly worked with the Coca Coca before landing a job as State House comptroller in the final days of President Mwai Kibaki’s administration.

Waiguru’s removal of Rugut caused jitters within the Jubilee coalition, with the Kalenjin wing accusing their Kikuyu partners of giving them a raw deal.

It took the intervention of Deputy President William Ruto to quell the undercurrents in the Rift Valley.

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