Former top Government official, Adan Harakhe on Wednesday narrated to the National Assembly Public Accounts Committee (PAC) how suspended Principal Secretary Peter Mangiti and ex-National Youth Service Director General Nelson Githinji schemed to defraud the National Youth Service (NYS) of Sh695 million.
The two senior officials were allegedly backed by tech-savvy officers based at the Treasury’s Integrated Financial Management Information System (IFMIS), who would hack into the system and make fictitious claims, helping companies allied to them swindle millions of shillings from the service, Standard reports.
The former Senior Deputy Director General of NYS told the committee that Mangiti and Githinji allegedly fought his efforts to stop the illegal payments amounting to Sh695.4 million.
Mr Harakhe claimed that the two ”masterminds” urged him to “play ball” and resorted to threatening him once he declined and cancelled the payments made into the IFMIS system under his name.
He claimed the PS at one point threatened to fix him as the person who authorised the payments if he failed to approve the payments.
The committee chaired by Rarieda MP Nicholas Gumbo also heard from Harakhe that it was the PS who introduced him to Ben Gethi, urging him to cooperate with the businessman to ensure that the money was paid to the companies that had laid claim to it for services delivered.
“On June 15, 2005, PS Mangiti called me and asked me to meet him at Nakumatt Junction where I found him with Ben. He warned me that they would fix me if I did not cooperate and allow the companies to get paid,” said Mr Harakhe.
He said Gethi claimed to be Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich’s “pointman”.
Additional Reporting by Standard