[David Njaaga/Standard] President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday made expected changes at the National Treasury, as reports emerged that at least two more
- Roselyne Obala and Cyrus Ombati 25th Jul 2019 02:00:00 GMT +0300
SEE ALSO :Governor Mandago hits out at TreasuryState House Spokesperson Kanze Dena-Mararo released a statement on the reorganisation of Government.“In order to ensure smooth operations and continuity at the National Treasury and in line ministries following the court order affecting the Cabinet Secretary for the National Treasury and Planning, Mr Henry Rotich, and the Principal Secretary for the National Treasury Dr Kamau Thugge, the President has made the following changes to the organisation of Government," the statement read.Rotich’s job as Treasury CS became untenable after the anti-corruption court slapped him with tough bail conditions on Monday. Chief Magistrate Douglas Ogoti directed that Rotich must not go near his offices unless accompanied by a police officer.Rotich and his co-accused were also ordered to deposit their passports and all other travelling documents in court.Rotich and Thugge each deposited Sh15 million cash bail to secure their release after being charged with conspiracy to defraud the Government Sh63 billion.
SEE ALSO :Sh6.5b hospital 'delayed' by StateThe magistrate warned that they should not contact any of the prosecution witnesses or tamper with evidence, as any breach of the bail terms would lead to automatic cancellation of bail.Mr Ogoti’s decision signaled a steep fall for Rotich and Thugge. The prosecution said the two - alongside Koech and Chief Economist Kennedy Nyakundi - were the masterminds of the dams scandal that allegedly led to the loss of Sh19.7 billion.The four accused denied the charges, which relate to the construction of Kimwarer and Arror dams in Elgeyo Marakwet. The projects have stalled.According to prosecution, Rotich and Thugge lied that the loan was guaranteed by the Italian Government, yet they knew it was a concessional agreement where the Italian firm was to be borrower and financier.As the Treasury CS and PS, the State officers were accused of abusing their powers to improperly confer a benefit of Sh11 billion to an Italian insurance company without following the law on public finance management.Their predicament was worsened by the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act, which stipulates that any public officer charged with corruption stands suspended from office until the case is concluded.Yesterday, Yattani thanked Uhuru for appointing him to Treasury, saying the decision was "based on the trust the President had in him"."I am aware that the task ahead is enormous and expectations high on the side of Kenyans. I will strive to ensure the fiscal soundness of the economy by giving priority to areas that will support the Government’s Big Four agenda and realisation of Vision 2030.”The former Marsabit Governor is a career civil servant who rose through the provincial administration ranks after being picked by retired President Moi. His first stint in politics was when he was elected MP for North Horr following the death of Bonaya Godana in an aircraft crash in 2006.
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