Economy

Suppliers to wait longer for payment

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No payments have been made since the first and second NYS scandals. FILE PHOTO | NMG

Individuals and firms that supplied goods and services to the National Youth Service (NYS) at the time when public funds were stolen will wait longer to receive payments following the appointment of a multi-agency committee to scrutinise pending bills.

Parliament heard that no payments have been made since the first and second NYS scandals where billions of shillings are said to have been paid to fictitious companies and individuals.

“From where I sit, we are not going to pay any bill which has not been cleared by multi-sectoral committee which was put in place a month ago to go through verification of claims,” Mr Francis Owino, the Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs principal secretary told a hearing of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

Dr Owino appeared before MPs alongside Planning PS Julius Muia to respond to findings by Auditor-General Edward Ouko that the State Department of Planning and Public Service had accumulated pending bills totalling Sh2.5 billion as at the end of June 2016.

Dr Muia said the ministry had settled Sh2.3 billion leaving a balance of Sh200 million but the debt does not include the NYS component.