, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 27 – Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary Thuita Mwangi has voluntarily stepped aside to pave way for investigations into the purchase and disposal of embassy properties abroad.
A statement from the Presidential Press Service says President Mwai Kibaki has “accepted the request by Mr Thuita Mwangi, to step aside to allow investigations on the report tabled in Parliament by the Committee on Defence and Foreign Relations regarding purchase of and/or disposal of Government Properties at Foreign Missions.”
The move comes hours before Parliament resumes debate on the report that recommends the suspension of the PS and his boss Moses Wetangula on Wednesday afternoon.
On Tuesday, Mr Wetangula’s allies tried to have his name expunged from the report, but it is facing spirited opposition.
The decision my Mr Mwangi to step aside places the Foreign Affairs Minister in an extremely awkward position.
More to follow…