NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 28 – Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Felix Koskei has stepped aside as CS following the directive by the President Uhuru Kenyatta during the State of the Nation address.
The Agriculture CS says he is stepping aside for 60 days to pave way for an independent investigation into allegation of corruption that was contained in a list that was forwarded to President Kenyatta by Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission.
“In light of the allegation levelled against me, I am stepping aside for 60 days to pave way for independent investigations,” said Koskei, during a briefing in his office
He says he has no idea about the allegations levelled against him adding that he has never been told he was being investigated and neither has the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission summoned him to respond to the said ‘allegations’.
“As it stands I do not know what the allegations are, I am innocent and I will be going to the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission on Monday to know what the allegations are and write a proper statement,” Koskei said.
On Friday when he launched the Coconut festival, the CS had said he would only step aside if he receives official communication from State House.
“I contacted State House to find out if my name was there, and they confirmed that it was, hence the decision, this is why I don’t have to wait for Parliament to make the report public, if State House has confirmed then that is enough,” he added.
He said the allegations had cast doubt on the office he was holding and dented its honour and also put his reputation on the line.
“My decision is not based on guilt. I will be vindicated,” he said.
He also urged other Cabinet Secretaries, Principal Secretaries, Governors and state officers mentioned to do the honourable thing and step aside and also cooperate with the EACC to clear their names