Youth Fund CEO denies approving the controversial Ksh 180M payment

Youth Fund CEO denies approving the controversial Ksh 180M payment

Suspended Youth Enterprise Development Fund acting Chief Executive Officer Catherine Namuye has denied that she single-handedly approved the controversial multi-million shilling ICT strategy plan consultancy service during her tenure in office.

Namuye told the National Assembly Public Investments Committee (PIC) that the Youth Fund board influenced the approval of the 180 million shillings procurement of the ICT consultancy service.

The former Youth Fund CEO, however, failed to table minutes of the Youth Fund board that approved the procurement of the ICT consultancy service saying the board failed to avail to her the documents.

The director of Quorandum, Mukuria Ngamau,  a company accused of receiving the 180 million from the Youth Fund, last week told the Parliamentary Committee that Namuye was the sole contact person with the firm and that she helped the firm to win the controversial tender.

Early this month, Public Service, Gender and Youth Affairs Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki told MPs that corruption has permeated the fund, forcing her to write to President Uhuru Kenyatta to disband its board.

Appearing before PIC, CS Kariuki revealed that there already existed a five year ICT strategy that cost 5.9 million shillings. How then did senior officials at the fund decide to award a tender costing more than thirty similar projects?

“I am lost personally, the chair executes roles yet he is supposed to be a non-executive chair; information has been hidden from me for cover up, all this info has to be made public,” said CS Kariuki.

Additional reporting by Richard Bosire

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