Ukur Yatani takes over as Acting Treasury CS as Henry Rotich is sent packing

Ukur Yatani takes over as Acting Treasury CS as Henry Rotich is sent packing

BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,24TH JULY,2019-President Uhuru Kenyatta  has appointed Ukur Yatani h as the acting National Treasury CS  sacking  Henry Rotich   juts a day after he was charged over the Arror-Kimwarer dams scandal.

Yatani who is the current Labour and Social Protection CS will now head  two cabinet slots  until  anew substantive CS is named .

“This will ensure smooth operations and continuity at the National Treasury following the court order affecting Rotich and his PS Kamau Thugge,” a statement from State House reads.

Further Dr Julius Monzi Muia replaces Thugge as the Treasury Permanent Secretary.The Changes are among other several changes announced on Wednesday .A part from Yatani and  Dr Julius Monzi  others are that Maj. Gen. (Rtd) Gordon Kihalangwa will now be the Principal Secretary for the Ministry of Defence.

Mr Torome Saitoti has also been appointed as the Principal Secretary for the State Department of Planning.

On Tuesday, Rotich and his co-accused pleaded not guilty to corruption charges including abuse of office.

Rotich, Thugge, Susan Jemtai Koech ( East African Community PS), David Kipchumba Kimosop (Former Managing Director KVDA) and others are accused of conspiring to defraud the public among other charges.

Rotich and Thugge were released on a bond of Ksh.50 million with one surety of a similar amount or Ksh.15 million cash bail.

They were also barred from accessing their places of work, terming them as scenes of crime.

They were also warned against tampering with evidence in any form or approaching witnesses in the case.

The two dams were budgeted to cost Ksh. 46billion ($446 million), but the Treasury borrowed Ksh. 63 billion instead, DPP Noordin Haji said.

 

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