, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 25 – A man described as Deputy President William Ruto’s brother and National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich have been sucked into the controversy surrounding the Sh791 million National Youth Service (NYS) scandal.
In a letter by former National Youth Service Senior Deputy Director General Adan Harakhe, Luke Kimutai Samoei and Rotich were involved in the attempts to cover-up of the scam.
- However, the Deputy President’s office on Thursday issued a statement saying the man named in Waiguru’s court fillings is not Ruto’s brother.
- Former Devolution CS filed an affidavit in response to businesswoman Josephine Kabura claims that Waiguru is at the centre of the Sh791million NYS scandal
However, the Deputy President’s office on Thursday issued a statement saying the man named in Waiguru’s court fillings is not Ruto’s brother.
“Note that the Deputy President has no brother by the name Luke Samoei Kimutai as alleged in Memos or affidavits and reported in some section of the media,” Ruto’s Communications Secretary David Mugonyi said.
In the letter attached to an affidavit filed by former Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru Harakhe explained that Samoei was introduced to him by Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen as the younger brother of the Deputy President when he accompanied him to his office.
He stated that Murkomen informed him that he had been sent by the Principal Secretary at that time on a very urgent issue and that was when Samoei requested that he reverses the decommittments he had made when he noticed irregularities.
He pointed out that the Senator told him that “The CID was also used to close the account of my friend’s client.”
“Luke Kimutai Samoei requested for business for his company by the name Equity Tech Limited. He said I should be biased in giving good work,” Harakhe stated.
Harakhe had claimed that when the money for the NYS projects had come in, someone had hacked his password and irregularly made commitments one of which was for the company of Ruto’s brother.
According to the former NYS Senior Deputy Director General, the Treasury CS’s name also came up after he noticed irregularities in transactions at NYS and he reported the matter to the Criminal Investigations Department to assist in “establishing the people behind those transactions done fraudulently.”
Immediately word went round that he had involved the CID, he was called by his Principal Secretary at the time and the NYS Director General Nelson Githinji and advised against the action.
The PS allegedly told Harakhe that he would introduce him to a young man by the name of Ben who was to sit with him and agree on the best way to “finalise these issues” and that is when the name of Rotich came up.
“Mr Ben was too arrogant and used big names to intimidate me. He alleged to be the point man for the Cabinet Secretary Mr Henry Rotich who is a high flyer of his Excellency the Deputy President,” he stated.
National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale and Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen who are also named in the affidavit have challenged former Devolution CS Anne Waiguru to provide evidence to show they benefited from illicit NYS proceeds.
Duale said that the claims by Waiguru were a weak attempt to rock the Jubilee coalition.
Murkomen separately said he had nothing to do with the NYS scandal, while urging Waiguru to focus on clearing her name instead of name dropping.