Nairobi — Kenyan finance minister Henry Rotich pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to corruption charges over the award of two dam tenders in an unprecedented move against a sitting minister in a country notorious for graft.

Rotich, who spent the night in a police cell, is accused alongside other senior officials of conspiring to defraud the public, among other charges. He denied the charges before a packed court in Nairobi. Not all the 28 accused were in court, but all the others present also pleaded not guilty...

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