CS Rotich & Thugge's Glittering Watches in Court Mesmerize Kenyans

  • Despite their current turmoils with the balances of justice and permanent scrutiny by both friend and foe, National Treasury CS Henry Rotich and his PS, Kamau Thugge, are a serious lot in matters grooming.

    The manner of accoutrements they adorned in court on Tuesday, did not fail to be noticed by the ever hawk-eyed Kenyans, who singled out their wristwatches.

    The cost of the two top government officials' watches has cost a plethora of reactions from the citizens, who never miss a chance to express their free opinion.

    Rotich showed up in court with a Frederique Constant Men's Horological Smartwatch with an alligator leather strap, metallic casing and navy blue dial.

    The manufacturer's online details show that this watch retails for 1,250 Euros, which is an equivalent of Ksh144,726.

    Thugge wore the more expensive piece, a Breitling Chronomat 44 GMT with steel strap.

    The Breitling website shows that a watch similar to Thugge's costs $13,420 (Ksh1.39 million).

    Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho's watch valued at Ksh 23.4 million, caused a stir last week after he posted a photo showing his expensive merchandise through his social media platforms.

    Netizens, on Facebook, who saw the watches adorned by the two high profile Arror and Kimwarer dam scandal suspects, did not hold back their tongues to express their varying views.

    Below is a sample of their reactions on Rotich and Thugge's watches:

    Daniel Otieno: "They use expensive watches to check the time for stealing billions."

    Denny Wa Evalyn: "That is very cheap."

    Baba Nabil Ibrahim: "My watch cost me 65K and am a hustler. What is that to a whole minister of finance. He needs to upgrade boss."

    Kwamboka Kadzo: "Hawa watu waliingia serikali juzi juzi (these people got into government recently) are now living large. You don't need any proof to know that they are corrupt."

    Kariuki Njenga: "Very cheap with his billions"

    Dfre Ageng'a Japacho: "You wanted him to wear Asahi, disco or seiko 5..watch?"

    Lokpunya Lemeray: "A good reason as to why we should vote out both Uhuru and Ruto come 2022...If we are to have a new Kenya and to open a new clean chapter, Ruto should not vie for presidency just the same way his partner is retiring."

    John Mwangi Kamau: "Surely? what connection has their wristwatches got to do with their cases if I may ask?"