Kenyan gets acting Treasury chief

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Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has appointed Ukur Yatani as the Acting National Treasury cabinet secretary, replacing Henry Rotich who was charged over the dams scandal.

Yatani, who is the labour and social protection cabinet secretary will be deputised by Julius Muia who was appointed the principal secretary at the Treasury.

Muia replaces Kamau Thugge, who was arrested on Tuesday and charged to  court alongside 28 other suspects over 65 billion shillings (650 million U.S. dollar) project to build two dams.

Kenyatta said the new appointments on July 24, 2019 are to ensure smooth operations and continuity at the national treasury and in line with  ministries following the court order affecting both Rotich and Thugge.

Kenyatta also appointed Gordon Kihalangwa as the defence principal secretary.

Kihalangwa was previously the Immigration principal secretary and took over from Torome Saitoti ,who has been moved to the State Department of Planning in the same capacity.

Yatani 52, was nominated as labour cabinet secretary in January 2018 in cabinet changes. He had previously served as Marsabit Governor from 2013 to 2017.

The changes came after the two Treasury chiefs were released on 150,000 U.S. dollar bail on Tuesday and ordered to stay away from their offices following an application by the prosecution.