Former NYS Senior Deputy Director-General Adan Harakhe

Former NYS Senior Deputy Director-General Adan Harakhe appeared before the National Assembly Public Accounts Commitee to answer queries raised by a special audit by the Auditor General over the loss of the 791 million shillings in the NYS scam. Harakhe, however, denied claims that he was involved in the scandal insisting that his password was stolen and used to authorize the irregular payments during his tenure.

The Fred Gumbo led committee found striking inconsistencies in Harakhe’s report which begged for further questions into the NYS scandal. It came as a surprise to the Committee that despite stepping aside to pave way for further investigations; Harakhe is currently receiving his full salary as a public servant.

Questions arose over the position he took as a “deputy director general” saying the position was not initially provided in the law but was created to enable him a smooth transition into the service.

But according to the committee, the former NYS Director General Nelson Githinji who had earlier appeared before the committee said Harakhe was being positioned in the service to take over his position.
The public accounts committee also raised questions over the speed with which he was deployed from being district commissioner in Bungoma to a senior ranking officer at the NYS within a period of just 10 days.

Adan Harakhe who also claimed to have assisted the then CS Anne Waiguru to “whistle-blow” the scam, said that during his tenure as an AIE holder, he did not approve any payments, reports that were refuted by the committee members. Harakhe was in charge of all key functions at NYS which including procurement, human resources, administration and finance.

He was adversely mentioned by Ben Gethi as the person who was introduced to him by the Principal Secretary Peter Mangiti to aid in the illegal procurement and payment of services.

Ben Gethi will appear before the public accounts committee today as the NYS probe continues.