President Kenyatta names Ukur Yattani acting Treasury CS


  ​Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yattani/FILE PICTURE

President Uhuru Kenyatta has named Labour Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yattani to replace Henry Rotich in acting role at Treasury.

He has also appointed Dr Julius Monzi Muia as the Principal Secretary to replace Kamau Thugge at the ministry.

Also named in the mini-reshuffle is Torome Saitoti the PS for the State Department of Planning and Maj-Gen (Rtd) Gordon Kihalangwa as the PS for the Ministry of Defence.

Following a court order Tuesday, Mr Rotich and Mr Thugge cannot step into Treasury unless in the company of an investigating officer. This was after they were arraigned for corruption in the Kimwarer and Arror dams saga.

The arrests Monday of senior Treasury officials thrust the country into international limelight and affected the Kenyan shilling and yields from the Eurobond. Besides controlling expenditure, Treasury co-ordinates the raising of debt and implementation of the national budget. 

And speaking later after the appointment Mr Yatani promised to do his best to help President Uhuru Kenyatta realise his dream to transform the nation.

“I am alive to the fact that the  task ahead is enormous,” the current Labour CS said in a statement on Wednesday.

He said his appointment was a pleasant surprise.

Yatani said he will deal with governors issues as far as the stalemate on revenue division is concerned.

“My appointment comes at a time when there are issues that deal with governors. I will do my level best to ensure that there is discipline at all levels,” Yatani said.

The CS said he will strive to ensure physical soundness of the economy by giving priority to areas that will support the governments Big4 agenda and realisation of the vision 2030.

He added that he will do his best in order to realise dreams of transforming the country as he continue to support the President in his new role.

Yatani said he will work with his colleagues in supporting the President.

The CS also lauded President’s move in appointing him.

His appointment comes at the time when the Council of Governors has decried delays in services across the counties due to insufficient funds from the National Treasury.


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