Labour Cabinet Secretary Ukuru Yattani has been appointed by President Uhuru Kenyatta as Treasury cabinet secretary in an acting capacity following the implication of Henry Rotich in Arror and Kimwarer multibillion dam scandal.
The president also named Dr Julius Muia as Finance Principal Secretary to replace Kamau Thugge who is facing similar charges alongside 26 other government officials.
Prior to his appointment, Muia served as PS in the State Department of Planning.
In a statement from State House on Wednesday, Spokesperson Kanze Dena noted that the move is aimed at ensuring the smooth running of operations at the National Treasury.
“In order to ensure smooth operations and continuity at the National Treasury and in line Ministries following the Court Order affecting the Cabinet Secretary for the National Treasury and Planning Mr Henry Rotich and the Principal Secretary for the National Treasury Dr Kamau Thugge, His Excellency the President has made the following changes to the organization of Government, ” the statement read in part.
The President also appointed Torome Saitoti to replace Muia at the State Department of Planning.
The reorganization of government also saw Immigration PS retired Major General Gordon Kihalangwa appointed PS for the Ministry of Defence.
On Tuesday, Rotich, Thugge and more than a dozen of other state officers pleaded not guilty to corruption charges levelled against them.
The officers and the company in question, CMC di Ravenna, are accused of inflating the cost of the two dams in Elgeyo Marakwet to Ksh63billion shillings from an original cost of Ksh46billion.
The two were released on a Ksh15 million cash bail or Ksh50 million bond.
However, they were directed not to step at the National Treasury unless in the company of investigating officer.
President Kept his word
In April, during the State of the Nation address, President Kenyatta promised that he would let go of any government officials charged with corruption.