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More trouble for CS Rotich after fresh revelations

Curtis Otieno
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Former Agriculture CS Willy Bett (L) and Treasury CS Henry Rotich at a past event. They have been accused of facilitating the entry of contraband sugar. [Photo/ mygov.com]

Emerging details indicate that National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich collaborated with former Agriculture Minister Willy Bett to facilitate the entry of contraband sugar after the close of the duty-free window.

According to Lugari Member of Parliament Ayub Savula, the two gave 14 companies the go-ahead to import the sugar, revealing that they delayed the consignment for personal reasons.

In a press conference in parliament after submitting a report with the findings, Savula claimed that the 2017 deal cost the nation close to 10 billion shillings in tax evasion.

He called for the sacking of Rotich, terming him unfit for the office, asking  President Uhuru Kenyatta who is heading a fierce campaign against the vice to take up the matter and calling for action from the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) as well.

"We have a document with all these details and will present it to the President to address it if he really is sincere in fighting corruption and the KRA as well," he said.

Probe on the saga is ongoing after the product was confirmed stained with copper and mercury deposits, with recent examinations by the ministry of health confirming that it is unfit for human use.

Other CS's whose names have since been dragged into the saga include Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i, and incumbent Agriculture CS Mwangi Kiunjuri.

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