A parliamentary committee has questioned alleged irregularities in the categorization of NYS suppliers which it claims do not meet standard requirements.
Queries were raised over irregularities with the NYS’s current list of suppliers that do not identify suppliers as youth, women, or persons with disabilities.
Status of Payment Bills
The departmental committee on Labour and social welfare chaired by Ali Wario on Thursday met with the NYS Director-General, Matilda Sakwa to consider the status of payment of historical pending bills.
The members expressed dissatisfaction with the responses and documents that had been tabled and requested further information on the status and verification of pending bills to be presented at its next meeting.
During the meeting, the members of the committee expressed concern on arrears amounting to Sh1billion for trainee allowances.
In her response, Sakwa informed members that a verification task force had been established with representation from Treasury, Ministry of Labour, Office of the Attorney General, and the Office of the Auditor-General to inspect existing pending bills and ascertain their legality.
Other agencies include the Public Procurement Authority and Directorate of Criminal Investigation.
Verification of Vouchers
Sakwa further told members that vouchers worth Sh 901,601,478 million had met the verification task force’s criteria and were scheduled for payment.
The Chair and members of the committee raised alarm over the large number of parcels of land belonging to the institution that do not have title deeds.
According to documents tabled before the committee on Thursday, NYS has 2,282.01 hectares of land with no documentation.
Taking into account the new mandate of the NYS and its increased number of servicemen and women, MPs underscored the need for land expansion for training facilities.
The MPs said the institution requires barracks and commercial activities to sustain its existence and recommended that NYS should expedite the acquisition of grabbed land, allocate funds for fencing, and partner with the National Land Commission to acquire title deeds.
In her submissions, the DG assured the committee that the institution was undertaking various commercial ventures.
She said NYS was now hiring earthmoving equipment and vehicles, underground water drilling, and construction of access roads.
“We are also stitching apparels for the disciplined forces and corporate institutions as wells as being involved in food production in our Tumaini and Turbo farms as part of our mandate to commercialise operations and generate revenue.
The committee further noted gaps in the current NYS Act and urged the DG to partner with the Ministry of Labour to propose amendments to the Act that will enhance effectiveness and increase the reach of the institution.