In Summary
  • Mr Rotich, principal secretaries Kamau Thugge and Susan Koech and Kerio Valley Development Authority managing director David Kimosop were among those arrested on Monday over the Kimwarer and Arror dams scandal.
  • In a grey suit, white shirt and yellow tie, Mr Rotich was taken to court in the morning.

  • He chatted with former Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero before the proceedings started.

  • The arraignment of the Cabinet secretary also puts focus on post-election political alliances that disregard the need for hiring competent personnel.

Henry Rotich Tuesday became the first sitting Finance minister to be arrested and arraigned for corruption.

Ainabkoi MP William Chepkut and other politicians from Mr Rotich’s Rift Valley backyard showed their support for him by turning up at the Muthaiga Police Station, where he had spent the night.

ECONOMIC CRIMES

“I’m here to accompany the minister to court as he is a friend and comes from my home area,” Mr Chepkut told the Nation.

Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen and lawyers Kioko Kilukumi and Katwa Kigen were among those who represented Mr Rotich, who faces multiple charges over the Kerio dams saga.

The accounts include conspiracy to commit economic crimes.

The 50-year-old Rotich, who hails from Elgeyo-Marakwet County, denied the charges.

Mr Rotich, principal secretaries Kamau Thugge and Susan Koech and Kerio Valley Development Authority managing director David Kimosop were among those arrested on Monday over the Kimwarer and Arror dams scandal.

In a grey suit, white shirt and yellow tie, Mr Rotich was taken to court in the morning.

He chatted with former Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero before the proceedings started.

Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo Jr tweeted: “The dock … is very humbling. The chicken thief, drunk and disorderly suspect, billionaire, Cabinet Secretary are equal before the chief magistrate. Egos take a beating. Those of us in positions of leadership must remember power and its trappings are transient.”

CABINET RESHUFFLE

City lawyer JM Waiganjo said Mr Rotich’s prosecution shows corruption has begun cannibalising President Kenyatta’s Cabinet.

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