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NYS Scandal 1

The National Youth Service Scandal was a corruption scandal within Kenya’s Ministry of Devolution and Planning in which Ksh. 791 million is said to have been stolen. Some put the figure to as high as Ksh. 1.8 billion ($17,400,000). The then cabinet secretary in the ministry Anne Waiguru was adversely mentioned in the loss.

In September 2015, Kenya’s director of public prosecutions asked Waiguru to record a statement over the matter after the Public Accounts Committee chairman Nicholas Gumbo said he was looking into the ministry’s accounts in which the ministry had bought overpriced items including condom dispensers for $250; a television set worth Ksh. 1.7 million ($17,000) and sex toys.

But in her defence, Waiguru said she was actually the whistleblower. She said that she is not involved in the purchase of anything for the ministry. She said that no money had gone missing from the ministry’s coffers.

Others mentioned in the scandal include Josephine Kabura, Ben Gethi, Adan Harakhe, Mutahi Ngunyi and Kipchumba Murkomen.

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