Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Kenya's finance minister, Henry Rotich pleads not guilty to corruption charges

Kenya's Finance Minister Henry Rotich has pleaded not guilty to corruption charges, a day after his arrest over graft in a multi-million dollar project to build two massive dams.

Rotich appeared in an anti-corruption court in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, on Tuesday along with his deputy, Kamau Thugge.

Prosecutors charged him with multiple counts, including abuse of office, conspiracy to defraud the public, failure to comply with guidelines relating to procurement and committing an offence of financial misconduct, among others.

Rotich denied the charges.

His arrest on Monday marked the first time a sitting Kenyan government minister has been held on corruption charges.