Five members of Ngirita family arrested in NYS scandal swoop

Five members of one family were among the suspects arrested in connection with the National Youth Service (NYS) financial scandal.

Ann Wambere Ngirita, who allegedly received Sh60 million from NYS although she had not delivered any goods, her mother Lucy Wambui, sister Njeri Ngirita,  brother Jeremiah Gichini and his wife Catherine Mwai, were arrested on Monday morning at their homes in Lakeview Estate near Naivasha town.

The suspects were briefly held at the Naivasha Police Station before they were driven to Nairobi where they are expected to be charged.

Three vehicles belonging to the suspects were confiscated in the operation by Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) officers from Nairobi and Naivasha. Wambere and Mwai were accompanied by their babies.

Drama started at around 4am when the officers raided the home of Gichini and arrested him while  in bed. The sleuths later moved to the homes of other suspects and nabbed them as well.

According to a DCI officer who declined to be named, various companies associated with the five had received part of the money allegedly stolen from NYS.

“The five have been taken to DCI headquarters in Nairobi to record statements and we expect to charge them with various offences,” said the officer.

Some of the companies associated with them and which are under investigations include Ngiwaco Enterprises, Njewanga Enterprises, Ngirisipa and Ann Wambere Wanjiku Investments.

“The Ngirita family has for years supplied NYS Gilgil with goods, mainly cereal products and vegetables,” the officer told People Daily.

It has also emerged that six commercial banks and their executives could be forced to pay hefty fines for facilitating the NYS payouts.

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