CS Rotich, 7 others to appear in court today

Treasury CS Hencry Rotich

By Gad Oteba

National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich and seven others will appear in court today.

Rotich was arrested yesterday alongside Treasury Principal Secretary Kamau Thugge and six other state officers over the Ksh.63 billion Arror & Kimwarer Dams scandal.

Rotich on Monday morning presented himself to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) headquarters in Nairobi hours after an order for his arrest was issued by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji.

Addressing the press, the DPP said his office received complaints touching on governance and operation challenges in the management of the two dam projects on September 18, 2018.

“Upon investigations by the DCI, it was established that the conception, procurement and payment process for the Arror and Kimwarer Dam projects in Elgeyo Marakwet County were riddled with massive illegalities,” he said.

“The investigations established that government officials flouted all procurement rules and abused their oath of office to ensure the scheme went through.”

According to DPP Haji, procurement procedures were ignored and the law circumvented to ensure Italian company CMC di Ravenna got the contract.

He also stated that Kerio Valley Development Authority (KVDA) chose Public Procurement and Disposal Act (PPDA), 2005 for the concession agreements despite the fact that the law in 2013 prescribed Public Private Partnerships (PPP).

DPP Haji said the alleged contract signed between KVDA and CMC Di Ravenna stated that Kimwarer Dam would cost $204,020,149.02 (approx. Ksh. 20 billion) while Arror Dam would cost $252,188,732.27 (approx. Ksh.25 billion), totaling approximately Ksh.46 billion.

However, he added, the National Treasury negotiated a commercial facility increasing the amount to Ksh.63 billion; which is Ksh.17 billion more.

“Of note, out of the Ksh.63 billion in respect of the projects, as at January 2019, the government of Kenya has made the following payments: advance payment, commitment fee, insurance and other costs totaling Ksh.19,714,366,991,” he said.

Ksh 4.6 Billion more was borrowed in addition to the principle amount to pay interest in advance during the construction period which to date has not commenced.

The Treasury released a further Ksh.643 million intended for the resettlement of the persons that would be affected by the projects as compensation.
“Upon receiving and reviewing the evidence, I am satisfied there is sufficient evidence to charge and prosecute the perpetrators,” he added.

Full list of the 28 culprits in Arror-Kimwarer Dams Scandal:

Henry Rotich – Treasury CS

Kamau Thugge – Treasury Principal Secretary (PS)

Susan Jemtai Koech – PS, Ministry of East African Community

David Kipchumba Kimosop – Managing Director, KVDA

Kennedy Nyakundi Nyachiro – Chief Economist and Head of Europe II Division, National Treasury
Jackson Njau Kinyanjui – Director Resource Mobilization Department, National Treasury

Titus Muriithi – Inspector General of State Corporation

Paulo Porcelli – Director, CMC di Ravenna

CMC di Ravenna – Itinera JV Italy

CMC di Ravenna – Itinera JV Kenya

William Kipkemboi Maina – Head of Supply Chain Management, KVDA

Paul Kipkoech Serem – Manager Engineering Services, KVDA

Francis Chepkonga Kipkech – Tender Committee, KVDA

Samuel Kimutai Kosgei – Tender Committee, KVDA

David Juma Onyango – Tender Committee, KVDA

Patrick Kiptoo – Tender Committee, KVDA

Elizabeth Kebenie – Tender Committee, KVDA

Esther Jepchirchir Kiror – Tender Committee, KVDA

Moses Kipchumba – Ad hoc Technical and Financial Evaluation Committee Team 2, KVDA

Nelson Korir – Ad hoc Technical and Financial Evaluation Committee Team 2, KVDA

Isaac M. Kiiru – Ad hoc Technical and Financial Evaluation Committee Team 2, KVDA

Patrick Kipsang – Ad hoc Technical and Financial Evaluation Committee Team 2, KVDA

Fredrick Towett – Ad hoc Technical and Financial Evaluation Committee Team 2, KVDA

Jotham Ruto – Ad hoc Technical and Financial Evaluation Committee Team 2, KVDA

Charity Mui – Ad hoc Technical and Financial Evaluation Committee Team 2, KVDA

Geoffrey Mwangi Wahungu – CEO National Environment Management Authority (NEMA)
David Walunya Ongare – NEMA

Boniface Mamboleo Lengisho – NEMA

The suspects will now be charged with, among others, charges including Conspiracy to Defraud, Wilful Failure to Comply with applicable Procedures and Guidelines relating to Procurement as well as Engaging in a project without prior planning.

They will also be charged with Abuse of Office, Committing an offence of financial misconduct, Fraudulent Acquisition of Public Property and Wilful Neglect to Perform Official Duty.

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