Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Ruto appoints ex-CS Henry Rotich budget, fiscal senior advisor

Former National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich has landed a top position in the government of President William Ruto.

Rotich has been appointed by the President as the Senior Advisor on Fiscal Affairs and Budget Policy.

This position was being held by current Central Bank of Kenya Governor Kamau Thugge. Thugge had been appointed to the position in October 2022.

Rotich has been appointed to the position nearly two months after he was acquitted in the Sh. 63 billion Arror and Kimwarer dams scandal charges.

Mr. Rotich was acquitted with eight others after Justice Esther Nyutu rules that they had no case to answer. The court ruled that the evidence that had been presented in court was insufficient.

Mr. Rotich had been charged with nineteen counts. These included what the prosecution termed as unlawfully executing loan agreements for the construction of the Arror and Kimwarer dams.

During the trial, the prosecution had declined to question 41 witnesses who had testified in the matter, with Justice Nyutu condemning the prosecution for their failure to cross examine the witnesses.

Mr. Rotich had been initially charged alongside current Central Bank of Kenya Governor Kamau Thugge. Thugge’s charges were however dropped by former Director of Public Prosecution Noordin Haji in 2021 after Thugge opted to be a State witness.

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Rotich and Thugge had been arrested in 2020 alongside eight other top public officials over the dams’ scandal that saw taxpayers lose Sh. 21 billion paid out to a bankrupt Italian firm for the projects which never took off.

The government made advance payments of Sh. 19 billion, including the Sh. 11 billion in unnecessary debt insurance, which prosecutors said was shared out in accounts belonging to the conspirators and their agents.

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