NYS declines to pay Sh1B pending bills as they are fake

The National Youth Service (NYS) has verified pending bills worth Sh15B and payment will start in the coming two months.

However, vouchers worth over Sh1B have been declared fake after over one year of verification by various government agencies.

This emerged as the paramilitary training institutions reopened its doors to recruits following the Covid-19 pandemic that had led to their closure.

According to the CS for Public Service and Gender Professor Margaret Kobia, the pending bills date between 2013-17 when the public institution was locked in scandals.

She said that when the scandals emerged, the government stopped any payment pending the verification of all the vouchers.

The CS was non-committal on when the pending bills would be paid but assured all those who delivered that they would get what they were owed.

“We have worked with EACC and we have verified that vouchers worth Sh15B are valid and we shall start paying,” she said.

Speaking in Gilgil NYS training college where over 7,000 recruits have reported for paramilitary training, Kobia said that all set health guidelines had been addressed.

“All the recruits have been tested for Covid-19 and we did not have any positive case and all the other NYS institutions have also reopened,” she said.

And as the 16-days of activism against Gender Based Violence (GBV) came to end, the CS noted that cases of domestic violence had risen during the pandemic.

She noted that poverty and loss of jobs had contributed to the rise in cases of GBV with schools going girls bearing the brunt of this.

On her part, the PS in the Ministry Mary Kimonye challenged those who had presented fake vouchers to collect them before the law caught up with them.

“We have finished verifying the pending bills and we have found out that Sh1B of the vouchers are fake and those involved wanted to fleece the government,” she said.

Kimonye admitted that the pandemic had financially affected the institution following a drop in revenue but was optimistic that this would change in the coming days.

NYS Director-General Matilda Sakwa called for urgent disbursement of funds to run the institution as currently they were under-funded.

“In this financial year we have not been allocated any development funds and this will affect operations in our 23 training units and 17 schools,” she said.

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