Suspects freed on Sh1m bail as Raila accuses Uhuru of shielding Waiguru

Former National Youth Service Deputy Director-General Adan Harakhe and Devolution ministry tender committee chairman Hassan Noor on Monday denied fraud charges against them over the NYS scandal.

Former NYS Deputy Director General Adan Harakhe (right) with former Devolution and Planning ministry administrator Hassan Noor Hassan in a Nairobi court on November 28, 2016.

Senior Principal Magistrate Felix Kombo, lifted the arrest warrants facing the two, saying the High Court and his orders had caused confusion, and granted the accused Sh1 million cash bail or a Sh3 million bond each.

The case is set for mention on December 9.

Magistrate Kombo had last week ordered that Mr Harakhe and Mr Noor be arrested over a Sh47 million scandal at the NYS.

Former Devolution Principal Secretary Peter Mangiti is already facing charges in relation to the siphoning of Sh791 million from the National Youth Service.

Shielding Waiguru

At the same time, Cord leader Raila Odinga accused President Uhuru Kenyatta of shielding former Devolution Cabinet Secretary, Anne Waiguru, in the National Youth Service (NYS) scam.

Raila questioned questioned why the government was silent when it came to Waiguru while other top Devolution ministry officials were being charged with economic-related crimes.

He maintained the government has been manipulating graft cases touching on people perceived to be close to the President.

The former devolution CS has maintained her innocence over the matter and shifted blame to other suspects over the loss of funds at the NYS including her former PS Peter Mangiti and former NYS Director General Nelson Githinji.

She has also distanced herself from NYS suspect Josephine Kabura saying they had never met despite her claiming that the two had been close friends.

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