Okemo declines Uhuru appointment
31 March 2015, 16:49
Nairobi - Former Finance Minister Chris Okemo has declined president Uhuru Kenyatta's job offer as chairman of the Kenya Seed Company.
Okemo was two weeks ago appointed to the board by president Kenyatta, a move that was criticized by many for the manner in which he was appointed.
Okemo, Tuesday announced that he would not take up the position since he is fighting an ongoing corruption case in the United Kingdom and would not thus feel happy taking up a public position.
Okemo is wanted in Jersey, UK, for allegedly defrauding the former Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC) now Kenya Power, ES 900 million and laundering the money in the UK.
Together with former KPLC managing director Samuel Gichuru, the two have contested the Island of Jersey's extradition orders at the High Court in Nairobi.
The announcement by Okemo comes just a day after the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commision EACC called on the president to revoke the appointment seeing as Okemo was not fit to lead with his ongoing case.
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