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David Ndii responds to calls to replace embattled CS Rotich

Martin Murigi
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Renowned economist David Ndii. [Source/ David Ndii]

Renowned economist and strategist David Ndii has responded to Kenyans petitioning President Uhuru Kenyatta to appoint him as the next Finance Cabinet Secretary.

Kenyans on Twitter (KoT) have been piling pressure on Uhuru to sack Treasury CS Henry Rotich after he was linked to the alleged theft of Sh21 billion meant for construction of the Arror and Kimwarer dams in Elgeyo Marakwet County.

The embattled CS on Tuesday spent the whole day at the Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) headquarters where he was questioned on why he released the billions of money for non-existent dams.

Angered by the scandal, KoT asked the Head of State to fire Rotich and replace him with either the Kiambu-born economist Ndii or former Gatanga MP and 2013 presidential candidate Peter Kenneth.

"We want to ask President @UKenyatta and PM @RailaOdinga to replace Henry Rotich with either @DavidNdii or @Peter_Kenneth before we go the Greece way. The Treasury is rotten to the core!" tweeted Anita Muthoni.

Another tweep, Dennis Juma agreed with Muthoni and rooted for Ndii to be appointed as the head of National Treasury.

"I’m very much into this idea. @UKenyatta do what should have been done give @DavidNdii that position," Juma said.

In a quick rejoinder, Ndii dismissed the calls saying netizens should respect him by stopping to associate him with the Jubilee administration.

"Memo to #KoT: Please stop associating my name with @Ukenyatta. It's demeaning. Let me quote myself (2015): "Their [Uhuru, Ruto] backgrounds may be as different as chalk and cheese but in terms of political morality, there is nothing to choose between them”. Heshima tafadhali," Ndii responded on Tuesday.

This comes days after Ndii disappointed a section of Kiambu residents who have been pushing him to vie for the presidency.

The Oxford University-trained economist who hails from Lari in Kiambu ruled out vying for the presidency in the next general election, noting that he has no ambition of serving in government.

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