Mutahi Ngunyi: Yes, my company got Sh11.8m NYS payout without invoice
Controversial political pundit Mutahi Ngunyi has admitted that his company was paid a whopping Sh12 million by the National Youth Service without having sent an invoice.
In a letter to Devolution Secretary Sicily Kariuki, Ngunyi says his company, The Consulting House, is ready to refund the government the Sh11,875,000 “malicious payment” within 15 days.
The payment, he adds, was made on April 23, 2015 through “inward remittance proceeds”.
The excess amount was unearthed by an audit ordered by the company’s board, he says, which was set in motion by a report by the auditor general that said Ngunyi’s company was paid Sh12.5 million.
Last month, Ngunyi had offered to refund the money if an audit proves that indeed he was paid for services not rendered.
“…my instruction is to refund the money to GoK (Government of Kenya) with instantaneous immediacy and NOT to exceed 15 days from the date of receipt of this letter,” reads Ngunyi’s letter dated July 29, which was tweeted by the political scientist on Thursday night.
“Kindly supply us with the modalities of returning the funds through a banker’s cheque or RTGS (real-time gross settlement systems). Similarly, furnish us with details of the recipient as per government Standing Operating Procedures.”
Ngunyi, however, maintains that the unsolicited payment was made in bad faith.
“We want to establish why this money was paid without an invoice from us. And why, according to the Auditor General’s report, an old invoice, which had already been processed and paid, was used to make the payment,” he tells the CS.
“We are also interested to know how this old invoice passed the 25 or so stages at IFMIS undetected. We hold the view that this was done in malice and was meant to discredit and fight the innovations our firm introduced at NYS.”