By Kevin Wachira
The circus that has become of the National Youth Service scandal played out yet again as former Devolution Principal Secretary Peter Mangiti appeared before the National Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee.
Mangiti exonerated himself from the payments saying some of the irregular procurements at NYS were initiated by former Cabinet Secretary Ann Waiguru who dealt directly with the accounting officer at the institution Adan Harakhe without necessarily going through his office.
According to the former PS, he could not prevent payments of irregular contracts since the IFMIS system does not give the Ministry’s PS the power to regulate transactions.
Mangiti also observed that there was no value for money in the construction works tendered by the National Youth Service at a cost of 252 million shillings.
The tender warded to businesswoman Josephine Kabura.
MPs questioned the former PS for failing to ensure monies allocated to the NYS were used lawfully.
He also told PAC that Waiguru orchestrated fraud at NYS through her personal advisers and allegedly planned to use him as a scapegoat.
The former PS implicated former accounting officer at NYS Harakhe whom he accused of attempting to interfere with investigations by trying to delete important details from the statement.