PS Lillian Omollo surrenders to police in NYS corruption scandal

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BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,28TH MAY 2018-Public Service and Youth secretary Ms Lillian Mbogo Omollo presented herself to the police on Monday morning as the process of arrests of  those  mentioned in the ministry’s Sh9 billion scandal  got underway.

So far, at least 17 suspects have been arrested and taken to the Directorate Criminal Investigations headquarters on Kiambu Road in Nairobi.

The PS had on Friday  fought off claims that the funds were stolen, arguing that the auditor-general’s 2016/17 report did not flag off fraudulent transactions even though the document has not yet been tabled before the National Assembly.

“The loss of Sh9 billion as alleged would mean that NYS is technically closed,” she said during the grilling by the National Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee.

Normally, the auditor-general’s reports are tabled before the House before it is committed to PAC.

Mrs Omollo, however, told the committee that payments may have been made irregularly to companies that she said were inherited since 2013 and asked those responsible to take individual responsibility.

According to the PS, she refused to authorise payments for about 1,600 claims, saying they did not have supporting documentation, such as minutes, while others were not signed.

This comes as , the Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji ordered the prosecution of all suspects named in the ongoing probe.

Mr Haji  through his twitter account said his office had completed perusing files on 10 companies and more than 40 individuals linked to the NYS scandal.

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