In Summary
  • A section of leaders from northern Kenya also defended Mr Yatani from allegations that he practises nepotism in every office.

  • They say he was a victim of local politics from his Marsabit County where he served as the first governor.

National Treasury CS Ukur Yatani has distanced himself from a list of names indicating that he is behind the employment of dozens of individuals from his tribe to various government positions.

NEPOTISM

Mr Yatani (right), who was confirmed as the National Treasury Cabinet Secretary last week, said that he reads malice in the information circulating online.

“The names are available for authentication from the Public Service Commission. Some of them are no longer working while others are interns. Others were working in government before I was appointed to the Cabinet,” a statement sent from his office said.

A section of leaders from northern Kenya also defended Mr Yatani from allegations that he practises nepotism in every office he holds, saying that he was a victim of local politics from his Marsabit County where he served as the first governor.

“The CS is a victim of clan rivalries and is now being fought due to his insistence that all pending bills owed to contractors by the national and county governments are paid,” Mr Roba Elema, a prominent businessman and elder from Marsabit, said yesterday at a press conference in Nairobi.

CLAN POLITICS

Clan elders, youth and other stakeholders who attended the press conference accused a section of leaders of trying to portray the CS in bad light due to clan politics.

“It is not a secret that a section of leaders from Marsabit county were at the forefront in castigating President Uhuru Kenyatta after he nominated Mr Yatani Cabinet Secretary for Labour and Social Services. This time round, they want to bring him down after he was appointed to the powerful ministry of National Treasury. This has to stop,” Mr Elema said.

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