|Cabinet Secretary for |
|Assumed office |
15 May 2013
|Preceded by||Robinson Njeru Githae|
|Head of Macroeconomics at the Treasury|
March 2006 – 15 May 2013
|Succeeded by||Dennis ndirangu|
|Born||c. 1969 (age 49–50)|
|Alma mater||University of Nairobi (BA), (MA)|
Harvard Kennedy School (MPA)
Rotich holds a master's degree in Public Administration (MPA) from the Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University, USA. He holds a master's degree in Economics and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and Sociology, both from University of Nairobi, Kenya. .
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.
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. 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. 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.
Rotich was retained in his position after the 2017 elections. For the 2018 fiscal year, he cut the government's spending budget by 55.1 billion shillings ($546.90 million), or 1.8 percent. 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. 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.
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. On 22 July 2019, Kenya's Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji ordered for the arrest and prosecution of Rotich over allegations of corruption related to the construction of two dams. 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. Shortly after, President Kenyatta appointed Labour Minister Ukur Yatani Kanacho as acting finance minister.
- Communications Authority of Kenya, Member of the Board of Directors
- Insurance Regulatory Authority, Member of the Board of the Directors
- Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, Member of the Board of the Directors
- African Development Bank (AfDB), Ex-Officio Member of the Board of Governors (since 2013)
- East African Development Bank (EADB), Ex-Officio Member of the Governing Council (since 2013)
- International Monetary Fund (IMF), Ex-Officio Member of the Board of Governors
- Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), World Bank Group, Ex-Officio Member of the Board of Governors (since 2013)
- World Bank, Ex-Officio Member of the Board of Governors (since 2013)
- East African Portland Cement Company, Member of the Board of Directors
- Kenya Electricity Generating Company, Ex-Officio Member of the Board of Directors (since 2013)
- Kenya Power and Lighting Company, Ex-Officio Member of the Board of Directors (since 2013)
- Kenya Reinsurance Corporation, Member of the Board of Directors
- Mumias Sugar Company, Ex-Officio Member of the Board of Directors (since 2013)
- National Bank of Kenya, Ex-Officio Member of the Board of Directors (since 2013)
- Safaricom, Ex-Officio Member of the Non-Executive Board of Directors (since 2013)
- Telkom Kenya, Ex-Officio Member of the Board of Directors (since 2013)
- "HENRY K. ROTICH CV". Nairobi: State House. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
- James Macharia (April 23, 2013), Kenya's Kenyatta nominates economist as finance minister Reuters.
- Adam Green (November 20, 2013), Africa’s new leaders: youthful, free-thinking, naive? Financial Times.
- John Aglionby (September 28, 2015), Kenya launches bond sale via mobile phone Financial Times.
- Matina Stevis (March 15, 2016), Kenya Secures $1.5 Billion IMF Loan Wall Street Journal.
- John Aglionby (November 13, 2017), Kenya Airways restructures in debt-for-equity swap Financial Times.
- Robert Waweru (January 5, 2018), Kenya's president says he is retaining Henry Rotich as finance minister Reuters.
- George Obulutsa and Duncan Miriri (January 5, 2018), Kenya's finance minister cuts spending, money transfer taxes to rise Reuters.
- Bernardo Vizcaino (April 3, 2017), Kenya's budget paves way for Islamic finance Reuters.
- Duncan Miriri (June 14, 2018), Kenya's Finance Minister proposes reforms to boost bank lending Reuters.
- Catherine Evans (August 2, 2018), Kenyan parliamentary panels call for finance minister to be investigated Reuters.
- "Kenyan finance minister to be arrested and charged over graft:..." Reuters. 2019-07-22. Retrieved 2019-07-22.
- Duncan Miriri (July 24, 2019), Kenya appoints acting finance minister after Rotich graft charges Reuters.
- AfDB Annual Report 2017 African Development Bank (AfDB).
- Governing Council East African Development Bank (EADB).
- Board of Governors International Monetary Fund (IMF).
- Board of Governors Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), World Bank Group.
- Board of Governors World Bank.