Motion to impeach CS Rotich ready


Motion to impeach CS Rotich ready
National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich addresses delegates during the launch of the first mobile-phone-based government bond, called M-Akiba, at the Treasury building in Nairobi, Kenya March 23, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

In Summary

  • In a new motion to have him fired, Rotich is cited for contravention of the Constitution, gross misconduct and incompetency as grounds from removal from office.
  • Kimilili Member of Parliament Didmus Barasa, in the motion, claims the Treasury CS has failed in reviewing the implementation of the interest rate capping that he claims has seen a spike on non-performing loans.
  • He furtehr faults Rotich over the country’s ballooning public debt.

Despite being saved by the rejection of the sugar probe report in the National Assembly, Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich is staring at a possible impeachment.

In a new motion to have him fired, Rotich is cited for contravention of the Constitution, gross misconduct and incompetency as grounds from removal from office.

Kimilili Member of Parliament Didmus Barasa, in the motion, lists three grounds as fodder to oust Rotich. Barasa claims the Treasury CS has failed in reviewing the implementation of the interest rate capping that he claims has seen a spike on non-performing loans.

The Kimilili legislator further faults Rotich over the country’s ballooning public debt, noting that Kenya’s debt has overshot the IMF recommended standard of 50 per cent of the growth domestic product by over 6 per cent.

On the sugar crisis, Rotich is accused of compromising the country’s national security by opening the flood gates for an influx of contaminated duty free sugar in the country through various gazette notices.

Rotich alongside EAC Cabinet Secretary Adan Mohammed survived censure in a controversy-riddled debate punctuated by bribery claims that shot down the sugar report that had implicated the two.

In a related development, a debate as emerged on why the National Assembly probe on sugar importation wasted millions of taxpayers money only for the report to be thrown out.

The joint Trade and Agriculture departmental committees having sat 25 times in the 45-day duration. The 38-member committee is reported to have drawn Ksh.5,000 each in sitting allowances. Cumulatively, the committee drew nearly Ksh.3.7 million on average.

Travel, food and accommodation allowances for the members cost kenyans dearly given the trips the committee made to various go downs across the country

The rejection of the sugar report saw MPs accuse each other of accepting as low as Ksh.10, 000 each in bribes to kill the report.

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