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CS Rotich, PS Thugge freed on Ksh.15M cash bail

PS Kamau Thugge (left) and CS Henry Rotich (right) at Mlimani Law Courts on 23rd July 2019/COURTESY

National Treasury CS Henry Rotich and Principal Secretary Kamau Thugge were Tuesday released on a bond of Ksh.50 million or Ksh.15 million cash bail after being charged over the multi-billion Arror & Kimwarer dams scandal.

Rotich, Kamau Thugge, Susan Jemtai Koech ( East African Community PS) and David Kipchumba Kimosop (Former Managing Director KVDA) are accused of conspiring to defraud the public millions of shillings among other charges.

While delivering the bail ruling, Magistrate Douglas Ogoti also barred CS Rotich and his co-accused from accessing their places of work, terming them as scenes of crime.

“The places of work of the accused persons are considered scenes of crime and they should keep away. If there is any need to visit their places of work that should be done in the presence of the investigating officer,” said Ogoti.

They were also warned against tampering with evidence in any form or approaching witnesses in the case.

Rotich, his PS and their co-accused were charged with wilful failure to comply with applicable procedures and guidelines relating to procurement as well as engaging in a project without prior planning.

Other charges leveled against them included abuse of office, committing an offence of financial misconduct, fraudulent acquisition of public property, wilful neglect to perform official duty and committing an offence of financial misconduct.

The pre-trial date will be set on August 8, 2019 when the matter will come up in court to ascertain compliance.

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