A Nairobi court on Wednesday issued warrants of arrest for four suspects linked to the loss of Sh468 million at the National Youth Service (NYS).
Charles Makau Mulandi, a former member of the verification committee at NYS, Samuel Otieno, described as an invoicer at NYS, Patrick Obunya, a former staff, and Humphrey Odhiambo are still at large.
A fifth suspect, Ezekiel Ombasso Osoro, denied two counts of fraud before senior principal magistrate Lucas Onyina more than two months since his co-accused were charged.
He was released on a personal bond of Sh5 million, two sureties of Sh2 million and cash bail of Sh1 million.
On Wednesday, Mr Onyina fixed the hearing date in February next year. Seven other files will be handled by Chief Magistrate Douglas Ogoti and Peter Ooko, who have set the trial to start on October 29 and January 7, respectively. Mr Ogoti will handle four files while Mr Ooko will handle three.
Mr Onyina directed the parties to appear before him on November 6 for mention of the cases so that the charge sheet can be amended and files consolidated.
The accused face multiple charges of conspiracy to commit an economic crime, abuse of office, and willful failure to comply with procedures and guidelines relating to public financial management.
Former Youth PS Lilian Mbogo Omollo, former NYS Director General Richard Ndubai, and 28 others appear in all the files, while traders who allegedly benefitted from dealings at the agency appear in different files.
They include Ameri Traders belonging to James Katululu and George Mvuli, who allegedly received Sh28,766, Catherine Kamuyu and Sarah Murugu of Ersatz Enterprises who allegedly received Sh26.6 million for goods not supplied, and Ann Wambere Wanjiku of Annwaw Investments who received Sh59.8 million.
They also include Lucy Wambui Ngirita of Waluko Investment, Phyliis Njeri Ngirita and Jeremiah Gichini Ngirita of Jerrycathy Enterprises who allegedly received Sh72.2 million for goods not supplied.
Others are Anderine Grace Nyambura of Kalabash Food Supplies who allegedly received Sh9 million from the NYS, Firstling, whose directors Kenneth Mwathi Mburu, James Thuita Nderitu and Yvonne Wanjiku are accused of corruptly receiving Sh115.5 for goods not supplied.
Peter Wagurah Kimani and Anthony Makara Wamiti of Arkroad Holdings Limited allegedly received Sh24.8 million.