War on graft:President Uhuru sends all procurement officers home

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BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,4TH JUNE,2018-As war on graft gains momentum,president Uhuru has ordered all top procurement and accounting officers in various ministries and departments to step aside with immediate effect so as to pave way for fresh vetting.

In a  circular issued on Monday, June 4, the president has  instructed  the Heads of Procurement and Accounting in Ministries, Departments, Agencies and State corporation to hand over to their immediate deputies.

Further, the officers have been instructed to submit their personal information to the Office of the Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua by Friday, June 8.

The Director of Public Prosecution Noordin Haji on Monday, May 28, released a list of 64 public servants, business owners and entities implicated in the KSh 9 billion National Youth Service (NYS) graft scandal.

Public Service and Youth Principal Secretary (PS) Lilian Mbogo Omollo and NYS Director General Richard Ndumbai were among those the office of the Director of Public Prosecution said had sufficient evidence against.

 Omollo voluntarily surrendered to the police while Ndumbai was picked by flying squad from his home on the night of May 27.

The two key suspects pleaded not guilty of all the corruption charges leveled against them and unsuccessfully tried to persuade Nairobi Chief Magistrate, Douglas Ogoti, to release them on bail.

They will remain in police custody until June 5.

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