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Tobiko tells Raila to keep off Sh695m NYS scandal

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Keriako Tobiko on Wednesday blasted politicians who have accused his office of bias in the prosecution of National Youth Service (NYS) officials.

This was in response to opposition leader Raila Odinga’s accusation on Tuesday that the DPP was shielding Devolution Secretary Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru from culpability in the Sh695 million scandal.

Dr Tobiko, through a letter, stated that prosecutions are done based on the law and evidence available.

“Allegations of compromise and other ulterior considerations by my office in the execution of my high public duty are baseless and unwarranted,” stated Dr Tobiko.

He added that there is an emerging trend by politicians to politicise legal processes, a trend he described as   unfortunate and which shall not be allowed.

“Our fidelity is to the constitution and the law. Politicians should not drag our legal process into parochial political theatrics that only serve to defeat justice,” added Dr Tobiko

On Monday, Dr Tobiko approved the prosecution of Devolution Principal Secretary Peter Mangiti and NYS Director General Nelson Githinji for attempting to obstruct investigation into the theft of  Sh695 million from NYS.

Cord leader Mr Odinga had on Tuesday stated that the prosecution of Mr Mangiti and Dr Githinji is an attempt by the Jubilee administration to cover up for the beneficiaries of corruption at NYS.