Mercy Mwai @wangumarci
The Sh8 billion National Youth Service (NYS) scandal took a new twist yesterday after a member of the Ngiritas family claimed the chief investigating officer, Mike Julius Kingoo Muia, had dealings with NYS.
In a sworn affidavit, Jeremiah Gichini Ngirita, the owner of Jericathy Enterprises, alleged that Kingoo has been actively trading with NYS in partnership with his company.
The affidavit says: “Our company has been actively trading with the NYS in partnership with Mike Julius Kingoo Muia who is the chief investigating officer since 2014.”
According to Gichini, Muia and his company supplied hardware, renovated facilities at NYS and made several cash payments to him through his bank account.
Gichini is a brother to Ann Wambere Wanjiku Ngirita (who was paid Sh59 million for supplying nothing to the NYS), son to the latter’s co-accused, Lucy Wambui and brother to Phyllis Njeri.
Wambui owns two firms — Waluco and Ngiwaco Investments — which are among 10 companies whose directors have been taken to court in connection with the NYS scandal.
In the affidavit, Gichini alleges that Kingoo has been making sexual advances to his sister Wambere, and linked him and the family members to the scandal after their alleged business partnership went sour.
He claimed that all the allegations against him and his family were false and malicious, as they were only mentioned in the saga due to the bad blood between them and Muia.
“It is suspicious that Kingoo, who I have been all along doing business with, and has been making sexual advances to Wambere, is the current investigations officer in the case,” he said.
On May 26, before they were arrested, Kingoo convened a meeting with him as well as his two sisters, Wambere and Njeri at Rafiki’s Club on Lang’ata road where he had suggested that they proceed to his residence to take refreshments but they declined.
After they declined the invitation, Gichini claimed that Kingoo offered to take the statement of Wambere in his residence alone as they enjoyed Black Label Whisky but his sister too declined the offer.
It is against this backdrop that Gichini alleges that on May 28, when they were recording statements, Kingoo assigned himself the task of writing Wambere’s statement, a task which lasted for six hours — from 9am in the morning until 3:00pm — as they constantly disagreed due to his sexual advances.
“The cause of all allegations against me and my family is due to the business disagreements between Kingoo and ourselves and all the said allegations are totally false and malicious,” he said.
According to documents, the Ngiritas, who are currently in remand after the court denied them bail, are accused of receiving Sh300 million. The Ngiritas are charged with fraudulently acquiring public property.
They were arrested from their Lakeview Estate residence near Naivasha town. Officers from the Flying Squad and the Special Crimes Prevention Unit confiscated three vehicles.
The Ngirita’s were charged alongside Youth Affairs Principal Secretary Lilian Mbogo Omollo, NYS Director General Richard Ndubai and former acting Director General Sammy Muchuki.