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Corruption is rife at Kenya’s youth fund, stakeholders youth

By Lonah Kibet Updated Monday, February 22nd 2016 at 08:52 GMT +3

NAIROBI: A section of the youth have demanded a thorough audit of the Youth Enterprise Development Fund (YEDF).

The Vision 2030 Youth Entrepreneurs Associates CEO, Edward Githonga, claimed that some people at the fund were corrupt.

“We are seeking direction from the President to re-organise the youth fund since it was under the control of corrupt individuals. These individuals are selfish, self-centred, greedy and degrading the spirit and potential of the youths in the country,” he said.

YEDF Chief Executive Officer Catherine Namuye was late last year suspended over alleged illegal transfer of millions from the fund.

Ms Namuye was suspended after the Banking Fraud Unit discovered suspicious transfer of money from the Fund’s account between February and April last year.

Youth and Gender Affairs Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki recently said they had received numerous concerns from young people and the public in general regarding the management of the kitty.

She said the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission and other investigative agencies were conducting investigations over the loss of funds.

She said they were reviewing the effectiveness of the fund’s management systems to make appropriate changes where necessary.

Mr Githonga, who was at a Nairobi hotel yesterday, claimed that a senior leader in the fund had been trying to cover up the loss of huge sums of money at the fund. The youth also alleged that there was irregular awarding of tenders by some board members.

“We have credible information that tenders have been irregularly awarded to some of their family members,” Githonga claimed.

In one case, Githonga claimed that a member demanded a fee of Sh60,000 for tenders to be approved. Some of the tenders included supply and installation of greenhouses with drip irrigation kits and acquisition of information, communication and technology services