EDITORIAL: Speed up prosecution of Mangiti, NYS director

Following DPP Keriako Tobiko’s order for prosecution of National Youth Service (NYS) director-general Nelson Githinji and Planning principal secretary Peter Mangiti, it is time to break from tradition by seeing those found culpable convicted and their assets seized.

Although Dr Githinji has already stepped aside to pave the way for investigations into the Sh695 million scandal, let Kenyans see a different journey in tackling such cases.

It has become the norm for public servants accused of corruption to step aside just because they are under duress from the public , only to continue receiving a half pay for years on end as cases filed against them drag in court.

The Judiciary should ensure speedy conclusion of the cases against Mr Mangiti, Dr Githinji and others.

Despite the billions of shillings lost in the Anglo-Leasing and Goldenberg scandals, these cases are still dragging in court.

Those who robbed the economy of the billions of shillings are still free enjoying the loot. This should not be happen with the NYS scandal.

Following on the Director of Public Prosecutions’ order, let the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission and Asset Recovery Agency swiftly initiate asset recovery proceedings for those who will be found guilty.

As taxpayers who are watching billions of shillings meant for economic development channelled into pockets of greedy officers for years, we need to see a senior public official languishing in prison for embezzlement of public funds.

Let us not be reluctant to proceed with serious charges against top government officials.

Speedy conclusion of the NYS case will shed light on the controversial scandal at the Devolution and Planning ministry that has seen taxpayers lose millions of shillings through fictitious payments and inflated bills.

That Mr Tobiko has also directed that investigations into the possible offences of money laundering under the Proceeds of Crime and Money Laundering Act be concluded speedily is a step in the right direction.