Belio Kipsang, the principal secretary for education, faces the prospect of going to jail for a Ksh83 million contract that was issued when he oversaw the state department for regional development.
Justice Jairus Ngaa held that Kipsang's failure to pay NK Brothers, a construction company, constituted a breach of the contract.
The firm had been selected to build the Lake Basin Development Authority (LBDAKisumu )'s headquarters.
Kipsang, however, requested more time from the court so he could work with his successor, Idris Dagota, to fulfill the financial obligation.
"I am aware that this is one of the matters I need to bring to his notice and the status of the same in the transition documents that I have given him.
It "becomes a vital part of that as we build a supplementary budget in government come January 2023," the PS said.
Kipsang's justification persuaded Justice Ngaa, who extended the deadlines for the contract payment.
The judge said, "I shall hold my decision since you have informed this court that you are no longer in the Ministry of Regional Development and you need time to discuss with your successor."
Kipsang was accused with contempt of court after being forced to appear in court by the construction business.
In a 2019 cabinet reshuffle, the PS was transferred to the Ministry of the East African Community (EAC), The ASALA, and Regional Development.
He was one of the select handful PS that President William Ruto kept on the Education docket.
Kipsang has already gotten started in the ministry, with his first task being in charge of the national exams for grades six, eight, and four.
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