NYS scandal case postponed after magistrate promotion

The case involving the Sh791 million National Youth Service (NYS) scandal has been postponed following the promotion of the magistrate who was handling the matter.

The magistrate, Daniel Ogembo, has been elevated to a High Court judge.

The case was postponed pending the appointment of a new trial magistrate.

Businessman Benson Gethi, Ms Josephine Kaburu Irungu who are among 25 other suspects who are charged with the theft, will have to wait till Friday “for further directions”

Former Devolution Principal Secretary Peter Mangiti and NYS Director Nelson Githinji are among the suspects on trial.

The NYS money, according to the prosecution, was siphoned through fraudulent payments to firms, whose registration details are questionable.

Mr Gethi and Ms Kabura have denied a charge of conspiracy to steal government money and engaging in organised crime.

Their co- accused mainly, procurement and finance directors at NYS, are charged with breach of trust and falsification of transaction documents.

The former PS and the ex-director are charged with attempting to induce the senior deputy director-general in charge of administration, Mr Adan Gedow Harakhe, “not to follow up the matter relating to the conspiracy” to steal money from the government.

Dr Githinji denies threatening a colleague with undisclosed consequences if he failed to stop pursuing the matter.

The offence was allegedly committed between May 27 and June 19 in Nairobi, the prosecution says.

The suspects are out on cash bail of Sh3 million each.

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