COVER UP FOR CRIMES IN DEVOLUTION MINISTRY MUST NOW END:
By Rt Hon Raila Odinga
I have read from the Kenyan media that the Director of Public Prosecutions has ordered the prosecution of the Principal Secretary of the Ministry of Devolution Mr. Peter Mangiti and the National Youth Service Director General Mr. Nelson Githinji for trying to cover up a conspiracy to defraud the National Youth Service of Ksh. 695.4 Million.
This turn of events in the saga about corruption in the Ministry of Devolution and particularly the NYS is not surprising. The action has been undertaken against the backdrop of twists and turns in this saga.
The twists and turns have all been attempts at ensuring that those who bear the real and greatest responsibility for the loss of taxpayers money at NYS are not brought to account for their criminal actions.
Those attempts having failed, and with revelations pointing in the direction of real culprits, it has become necessary for “fall guys” to be quickly identified and taken down to save the actual thieves.
This latest move is cover up and a conspiracy against the law and the tax payers.
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.
I wish to remind President Uhuru Kenyatta of the resolutions of the 11 Cabinet meeting he chaired at State House, Nairobi, on December 2, 2014. Two resolutions of that meeting stand out.
Item 1.8 of the December 2, 2014 resolutions read:
“The roles of cabinet secretaries have been widened. They now have greater oversight in sanctioning procurement in MDAs and State and Government Agencies, formerly a preserve of principal secretaries. They will now also approve work, procurement and cash flow plans.
Resolution 1.10. read:
“Cabinet secretaries will lead major transformation strategic initiatives in their ministries, including approval and attainment of targets and managing integrity and accountability matters. These changes follow the structural shifts ocassioned by the CoK that have necessitated a paradigm shift in doctrine and philosophy of the civil service, and its attendant operations, procedures, systems and manuals. This resolution is not reflected in the decisions regarding crimes committed at the ministers.”
These provisions are being ignored in the case of the crimes committed at the Devolution Ministry and Kenyans need to be told why.
The government must stop taking Kenyans for fools. We refuse to accept that the NYS corruption saga has now been settled.
It is not possible for government agencies to investigate senior government officers while they are still in office more less make public adverse conclusions they may want to reach arising from such investigation.
The charging of Mangiti and Githinji is just a tip of the iceberg. The plot is way much thicker than we are being told. The script being played out is exactly the same as the one that was played out in the Anglo-Leasing scandal. It starts with denial, then claims that no money was lost, then with the return of money and finally in the taking down of a few “fall guys.”
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 responsibilit. 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 sumitted simultaneously to both the President and Parliament.
If the government doesn’t do this, that is evidence that this is all a cover up to save the High Priestess of Corruption in Kenya.
Raila A. Odinga
17th November 2015.