Henry Rotich

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Henry Rotich
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Cabinet Secretary for
National Treasury
In office
15 May 2013 – 14 January 2020
PresidentUhuru Kenyatta
Preceded byRobinson Njeru Githae
Succeeded byUkur Yatani[1]
Head of Macroeconomics at the Treasury
In office
March 2006 – 15 May 2013
Succeeded byDennis ndirangu
Personal details
Bornc. 1969 (age 51–52)
Alma materUniversity of Nairobi (BA), (MA)
Harvard Kennedy School (MPA)

Henry K. Rotich (born c. 1969) is a Kenyan civil servant who was nominated by President Uhuru Kenyatta as Cabinet Secretary for the National Treasury on 23 April 2013.[2] On 14 January 2020, Rotich, who had been arrested on charges of corruption, was removed from this position.[1]


Rotich holds a master's degree in public administration (MPA) from the Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University, US. He holds a master's degree in economics and a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and sociology, both from University of Nairobi, Kenya. [3]


Before being promoted to cabinet, Rotich served as head of macroeconomics at the Treasury from 2006. He was credited with crafting key policy frameworks over the following years, the under the leadership of minister Robinson Njeru Githae.[4]

Rotich served as minister of finance during Kenyatta's first term in office. During his first term, he launched the world's first Treasury bond to be offered exclusively via mobile phone and slashed the minimum investment level in government debt, in a bid to stimulate public participation in the capital markets, raise money cheaply and boost the national savings rate.[5] Also under his leadership, Kenya secured a $1.5 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in 2016, one of the biggest the IMF had granted on the continent up to that point.[6] Under a restructuring deal overseen by Rotich in 2017, the Kenyan government took over 48.9 per cent of Kenya Airways after it had suffered five years of losses, including a Ks26.2bn loss in 2015/2016, the biggest in Kenyan corporate history.[7]

Rotich was retained in his position after the 2017 elections.[8] For the 2018 fiscal year, he cut the government's spending budget by 55.1 billion shillings ($546.90 million), or 1.8 percent.[9] Shortly after, he unveiled a package of initiatives to develop Islamic finance in the country, as part of efforts to mobilize local funds and set Nairobi as a regional hub for the sector.[10] He also announced plans to introduce a set of reforms for the financial sector aimed at boosting private sector credit growth after it was hit by a cap on commercial interest rates introduced in 2016.[11]

Corruption allegations, arrest and removal from government[edit]

In August 2018, a joint report by two parliamentary committees submitted to the Parliament of Kenya called for Rotich and fellow cabinet member Adan Mohammed to be investigated over the way they handled sugar imports.[12] On 22 July 2019, Kenya's director of public prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji ordered the arrest and prosecution of Rotich and others over allegations of corruption related to the construction of two dams. [13] Among the others charged are Paolo Porcelli, the Italian director of CMC di Ravenna; and Rotich's number two at the ministry, Kamau Thugge, the principal secretary.[14] Shortly after, President Kenyatta appointed Labour Minister Ukur Yatani Kanacho as acting finance minister, and Yatani would permanently replace Rotich on 14 January 2020.[1] Rotich is the first sitting Kenyan Minister to be arrested for corruption.[13]

Other activities[edit]

International organizations[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Owino, Julie (January 14, 2020). "Yatani Confirmed National Treasury CS As President Kenyatta Realigns Cabinet". Capital News. Retrieved December 9, 2020.
  2. ^ "HENRY K. ROTICH CV". Nairobi: State House. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
  3. ^ James Macharia (April 23, 2013), Kenya's Kenyatta nominates economist as finance minister Reuters.
  4. ^ Adam Green (November 20, 2013), Africa’s new leaders: youthful, free-thinking, naive? Financial Times.
  5. ^ John Aglionby (September 28, 2015), Kenya launches bond sale via mobile phone Financial Times.
  6. ^ Matina Stevis (March 15, 2016), Kenya Secures $1.5 Billion IMF Loan Wall Street Journal.
  7. ^ John Aglionby (November 13, 2017), Kenya Airways restructures in debt-for-equity swap Financial Times.
  8. ^ Robert Waweru (January 5, 2018), Kenya's president says he is retaining Henry Rotich as finance minister Reuters.
  9. ^ George Obulutsa and Duncan Miriri (January 5, 2018), Kenya's finance minister cuts spending, money transfer taxes to rise Reuters.
  10. ^ Bernardo Vizcaino (April 3, 2017), Kenya's budget paves way for Islamic finance Reuters.
  11. ^ Duncan Miriri (June 14, 2018), Kenya's Finance Minister proposes reforms to boost bank lending Reuters.
  12. ^ Catherine Evans (August 2, 2018), Kenyan parliamentary panels call for finance minister to be investigated Reuters.
  13. ^ a b "Kenya's finance minister, top officials arrested for corruption". Al Jazeera. 2019-07-22. Retrieved 2020-04-20.
  14. ^ "Kenyan finance minister to be arrested and charged over graft:..." Reuters. 2019-07-22. Retrieved 2019-07-22.
  15. ^ AfDB Annual Report 2017 African Development Bank (AfDB).
  16. ^ Governing Council East African Development Bank (EADB).
  17. ^ Board of Governors International Monetary Fund (IMF).
  18. ^ Board of Governors Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), World Bank Group.
  19. ^ Board of Governors World Bank.