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Yatani Denies Claims He is Employing Tribemates

National Treasury CS Ukur Yatani has distanced himself from a list of names indicating that he is behind the employment of dozens of individuals from his tribe to various government positions.

Mr Yatani ,said that he reads malice in the information circulating online.

A section of leaders from northern Kenya defended Mr Yatani,who was confirmed as the National Treasury Cabinet Secretary last week, from allegations that he practices nepotism in every office he holds, saying that he was a victim of local politics from his Marsabit County,where he served as the first governor.

Clan elders, youth and other stakeholders who attended the press conference accused a section of leaders of trying to portray the Cabinet Secretary in bad light due to clan politics.

However,A list of 31 names ,indicated that seven of the names listed as NSSF members of staff were interns, four others who work as support staff in Mr Yatani’s office were employees of the Public Service Commission while a number of the remaining had been nominated or seconded to parastatals by various ministries and agencies.

According to the list, the employed individuals are distributed among the Borana, Burji, Gabbra, Rendille, Wayu and Borana, which are some of the communities from the 14 tribes which make up Marsabit County.

Mr Elema accused the Marsabit governor of playing politics with payment of pending bills owed to suppliers and contractors, since most of the bills were incurred when Mr Yatani was the governor.

By December last year, Marsabit was among the 20 counties that had partially complied with the Presidential directive to pay pending bills.

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Timothy Omondi