MPs reject amendments to implicate CS Rotich in Sugar saga

Written By: Kevin Wachira
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Members of the National Assembly have shot down attempts to punish Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich for allowing excess importation of sugar.

Homabay County Woman Rep Gladys Wanga’s proposed amendment to the report of the joint committees on Agriculture and Trade, to hold Rotich and former trade CS Adan Mohammed responsible was overwhelmingly rejected by members across the political divide.

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The report now recommends that the two Cabinet Secretaries and former Agriculture CS Willy Bett be investigated by the ethics and anti-corruption commission and directorate of criminal investigations.

Debate on the report came amid concerns by some MPs that the report was not a true reflection of the investigations conducted by the Committees.

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Another amendment by nominated MP Godfrey Otsotsi seeking an audit of all sugar brought in between May and September last year was also shot down as MPs adopted the report without amendments

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Meanwhile, Interior Ministry is on the spot for tabling half baked reports on questions asked by MPs. Members of national assembly Security Committee expressed their displeasure with the manner the ministry handled investigations on Gikomba fire where 19 people perished.

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