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Devolve NYS to improve service delivery, end graft, says Sakaja

Seth Onyango @SethManex

Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja has proposed that the National Youth Service (NYS) be devolved to improve its effectiveness in providing services in counties.

He defended the radical move saying it will rein in on corruption that has bedeviled the agency.

Sakaja said NYS, as currently constituted, is too big to be managed at the national level hence the need to allow counties to have a role in its administration.

“You cannot have over 30,000 people converge in one place. You need to have it spread across the country so that they can provide services tailored to specific regions,” he said.

Voicing his concern with the mega corruption in the organisation, the legislator said with proper funding and proper utilisation of funds, NYS is capable of changing the lives of Kenyans.

“We should put in place systems to curb corruption that has infiltrated NYS. Public money has been fleeced with reckless abandon and there is dire need of re-evaluating people running such big public institutions. The devolution aspect is that counties will be collecting their own revenues after which special audits should be done,” he said.

The senator made the remarks when he presided over a funds-drive at the Africa Inland Church (AIC) in Lang’ata yesterday.

He used the forum to chide those who have dug their talons into public coffers, adding that they are not sacred cows and should face the full force of the law if found culpable of the offense.

Lang’ata MP Nixon Korir revived calls for the NYS budget to be slashed, asserting that most of it have been looted instead of providing services, sentiments supported by Sakaja.

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