By C itizens Against Corruption Political Editor, Nairobi, July 24, 2019
President Uhuru Kenyatta has replaced corruption suspects Henry Rotich and Kamau Thugge as Treasury Cabinet Secretary and Principal Secretary respectively.
Ambassador Ukur Yatani the Cabinet Secretary for Labour and Social Protection, assumes, in acting capacity the CS National Treasury and Planning, replacing Rotich. Rotich was on Tuesday charged along 27 other government officials for their involvement in the Kimwarer and Arror dams scandal.
Julius Monzi Muia was appointed as the Principal Secretary for the National Treasury, replacing Thugge.
Others who the president has appointed are Torome Saitoti as the Principal Secretary for the State Department of Planning and Maj Gen (Rtd) Gordon Kihalangwa as the Principal Secretary for the Ministry of Defence.
Ukur Yatani Kanacho, born on 12 March 1967, is a politician with unknown political connections. He was nominated for the Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection after 2017 elections.
Yatani was appointed as Cabinet Secretary of Finance in acting capacity after Rotich was charged with CORRUPTION in Kimwarer and Arror dams CORRUPTION scandal.
Yatana’s appointment was a rude shock to Ruto coming in quick succession after his money-maker and potential successor, Rotich, who will suffer enduring humiliation facing multi-billion-shillings CORRUPTION charges trial.
The new appointment is a clear point of departure of any consultation on government appointments between the President and his Deputy William Ruto on realizing five key eye-openers;
- Ruto’s obsession to succeed him,
- Ruto’s public confession that he does NOT believe CORRUPTION can STOP a leader from delivering in Kenya – so he does NOT see the point in Uhuru’s “nonsensical fight against corruption”.
- Ruto’s determination to destroy the Big 4 Agenda that #Rutocrats and #Tangatanga squad are dismissing as dismal failure,
- Ruto’s mischief in poisoning Cabinet and government working relations with allegations of fake assassination allegations, and
- Ruto’s sycophants Destroying Jubilee Party at his behest.
Who is Yatana?
Ambassador Yatana served as the first Governor of Marsabit County – the biggest in Kenya, from 2013 to 2017, was the Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Vienna from 2009 to 2012 and served as the Member of Parliament for North Horr Constituency in 2006.
Ukur was born in 1967 in Forole of North Horr sub-county to Yatani Kanacho, a prominent Gabra elder.
He got a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Sociology from Egerton University in 1991. In 2005, he joined the New York University in the UK and studied a Master of Public Administration and Public Policy.
In 2002, Yatani become a District Officer and quickly rose through the ranks from District Officer Cadet to a Senior District Officer and then promoted to a District Commissioner in July 2002
In this position, he successfully coordinated state business, managed government resources, maintained law and order, directed disaster relief operations, and implemented long term strategic plans that improved government services and the lives of local residents.
He was then called home by his constituents and elected as the Member of Parliament for North Horr constituency in 2006. During this time the Marsabit North District was created and M.P.
Yatani spearheaded the formation of several administrative units across the constituency, leading to more independence and general improvement of service delivery.
He was then appointed as the Assistant Minister, Ministry of Science and Technology. In this position he offered policy direction to the ministry, represented the government in local and international talks and negotiations, and assisted the Minister in performing of all ministerial and government functions.
In 2009, Yatani began a multi-year mission to advance the interests of Kenya on the international stage. He was named Ambassador to Austria in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Kenya’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Vienna.
As the Ambassador to Austria, with accreditation to Hungary and Slovakia, he provided support and consular services to Kenyans living abroad and promoted trade and economic cooperation with a variety of European nations and thereby contributed to the realization of Kenya’s Vision 2030.
Yatani also served on the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which works to promote the peaceful use of nuclear energy around the world. Among the many accomplishments of the IAEA during Yatani’s tenure, was the strategic use of strength and diplomacy to deescalate and safeguard Iran’s nuclear capacity.
In addition Yatani held senior leadership positions at various diplomatic and international agencies at the United Nations and also chaired the African Group of Ambassadors.
In 2013 Marsabit local elections Yatani was elected to pioneer the devolved County Government becoming the leader of the largest county in the nation. As the Marsabit County Governor he was tasked with building the newly formed county from scratch, and as the chief executive brought peace, development and economic prosperity to the region.
Governor, Yatani provided strategic leadership, guidance and oversight in setting up devolved governance structures, competent financial and human resource infrastructure and shaped the development agenda of Marsabit County. Throughout his term he promoted harmonious coexistence and cohesion among the fifteen indigenous ethnic communities and made Marsabit County one of the most peaceful in the country.
Governor Yatani set out on an ambitious development journey and steered the roll-out of the County Integrated Development Plan (hailed as the best in the country by the UN) which included a variety of major initiatives, including the construction of new county offices, a four-storey modern market, a modern stadium, over a dozen health centers, and new tourist resort facility and 200 ECD classrooms.
The Yatani Government upgraded 5,000 kilometers of gravel roads, tarmacked Marsabit town roads, and drilling operationalizing over fifty boreholes. During his tenure he established two referral hospitals, and purchased two dozen ambulances.
He oversaw the installation of solar-based street lighting and drainage systems and stimulated an economic revival through investments in agriculture and livestock. Throughout his term he heavily supported cultural festivals and the Lake Turkana Cultural Festival was nominated for India’s prestigious Indian annual award.
Governor Yatani created strategic partnerships with the national government and major investors to bring two new roads to the county, as well as the largest wind power plant in Africa.
In addition, he spearheaded a UNDP funded unique cross border program bringing jobs and billions of shillings of investment to the region. He also gained major external funding from the African Development Bank to create a livestock quarantine zone, modern abattoir and to develop international export markets for Marsabit’s livestock products.
Along with his wife Dr.Gumato, Amb. Yatani founded the Kanacho Nomadic Educational Foundation in 2009.
This charitable community development agency was first set up to address education and rural poverty challenges in northern Kenya. As such it has rehabilitated classrooms, distributed sanitary towels and books, and sponsored hundreds of children.
Building off this success the foundation moved to further empower the pastoral communities and began efforts to reduce poverty and vulnerability among pastoral communities through transformational and sustainable development. These efforts have led to significant improvements in the sectors of water and health.
The Holy Bible advice is that bread gained by deceit is sweet but in time turns into indigestable gravel.