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Calculated Malice – Yattani on Ksh 15B Theft Claims

Former Treasury CS Ukur Yattani has clarified claims that he pressurized the budget controller Margaret Nyakang’o over the approval of Ksh 15.5 billion.

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In a detailed statement, Yattani named the allegations as ‘calculated malice’ formulated in a way to suggest that the National Treasury facilitated the theft of public funds.

Yattani Gives Clarification on Ksh 15B Theft Claims
PHOTO-KBC: Yattani Gives Clarification on Ksh 15B Theft Claims.

Former Treasury CS was questioned over the illegality of the Ksh 15 billion saying the funds were part of the Ksh 127.5 billion supplementary budget signed by President William Ruto on Tuesday, March 7.

Ukur Yattani explained that the law only allows for the Cabinet Secretary National Treasury to authorize expenditures that have not been appropriated by Parliament in unique situations saying the approval can be sought afterwards within a period of two months.

Yattani Gives Clarification on Ksh 15B Theft Claims
PHOTO COLLAGE/COURTESY: Former Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yattani (left), budget controller Margaret Nyakang’o (right).

“This begs the question, what makes the approval of Ksh 15 billion ‘crafty’ and that of the Ksh127.5 billion before parliament and mostly under the current government legitimate, yet they both used the same constitutional way,” he constituted.

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According to former Treasury CS, the Ksh 15 billion was used to fund Maize and Fuel subsidies, the construction of Lamu-Garissa and Garissa-Isiolo roads respectively, and the construction of the Kenya Defence Forces Referral Hospital which was recently opened by President William Ruto.

Yattani Gives Clarification on Ksh 15B Theft Claims
FILE PHOTO: Former Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yattani.

He further argued that the budget controller should not have released the funds if indeed she was aware the move was illegal adding that Nyakang’o’s claims were ill-intent.

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