Kenya: Abuse of office by Henry Kosgey causes his sacking as Industrialisation Minister
Posted by African Press International on January 5, 2011
Henry Kosgey, a former Industrialisation minister in Kenya has lost his ministerial position after being accused for abuse of office. He cleared old cars to be imported to Kenya by companies he favoured and is believed he may have been cashing on that.
His bodyguard is also to blame in the sacking of the former minister. The bodyguard’s friend was cleared by the minister to import an old car against customs regulations.
He was taken to court yesterday and freed on bond awaiting the hearing of the case in March.
Mr Kosgey denied the charges, an offence which is contrary to Section 46 of the Anti Corruption and Economic Crimes Act 3 of 2003.
He is the ODM Chairman. ODM leader Prime Minister Raila Odinga has now lost one of his strong supporters from the Rift Valley. It now remains to be seen who Raila will appoint to replace Kosgey.
When former Higher Education minister William Ruto was taken to court on corruption charges late last year and some people among them Kosgey gave him no support and is not expected that Ruto will support him either. The two are from the same Province and have not seen eye to eye after Ruto parted ways with Raila the ODM party leader. Ruto is Deputy ODM leader but does not work closely with Raila anymore. Kosgey was the only senior Kalenjin minister to remain with Raila but this will now be difficult for him because he has to face International Criminal Court in the Hague after his inclusion in the list of those accused to have organised and funded the 2007 post-election violence in the country.
Ruto is facing corruption charges in Kenya and ICC case in connection with post-election violence as well.
By Chief editor Korir, African Press International.
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