Odinga names CS Rotich, PS Thugge and six others as Eurobond suspects

Odinga names CS Rotich, PS Thugge and six others as Eurobond suspects
Raila Odinga

National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich, Treasury Principal Secretary Kamau Thuge, Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua, top Central Bank officials are among eight top civil servants that CORD leader Raila Odinga has linked to the Eurobond saga.

Others are Central Bank Board Chair Mohamed Nyaoga, former CBK Governor Prof. Njuguna Ndung’u among others.

Odinga now wants the top Treasury, CBK and other civil servants linked to the Eurobond scam to resign immediately and face prosecution.

He insists that the Jubilee government cannot account for 140 billion shillings from the Eurobond proceeds adding that seven transactions purporting to transfer Eurobond funds into consolidated fund are not supported by credible documents.

Odinga, who was addressing a presser in Nairobi, demanded that President Uhuru Kenyatta declares the Eurobond scandal a national disaster.

But in a quick rejoinder, CB Chair Mohamed Nyaoga said that he was not involved either directly or indirectly in the Eurobond transactions and threatened to sue Odinga over the same.

In a statement, Nyaoga said that to clear his name, he would take legal action against the makers of the statement soon.

“I have today learned that my name has been adversely mentioned over the Eurobond transaction and I want to state that I have heard this for the first time. This is a cheap statement and it constitutes reckless impunity. I am indeed surprised that the people who are making these claims did not bother to ascertain the truth before floating it out,” read the statement in part.

“It is a serious affront on my character and professional reputation which I have built for over 30 years. The people making these allegations appear to have other intentions other than the truth. I am willing to be investigated even if it means walking to the offices of investigation agencies.”

Last week, Odinga issued a three-day ultimatum to the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Keriako Tobiko to reveal the truth about the Eurobond scandal, saying that should Tobiko fail to make the information public, he would expose those involved.

Odinga, who dismissed the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) report which stated that no government official is implicated and that no Eurobond money was lost, insists that he has sufficient evidence against the anti-graft body’s statement.

“I would like to tell Tobiko that we do not want his games! Tell us whether or not the money was stolen; if you do not, I will,” warned the former premier on Saturday.

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