Treasury CS Henry Rotich has been placed in custody after presenting himself to DCI headquarters in Nairobi following arrest orders issued by the Director of Public Prosecution Noordin Haji over Aror and Kimwarer dams scandal. CS Rotich was arrested alongside his PS Kamau Thuge.
Also arrested are Kerio Valley Development Authority officers who were named by the DPP as suspects including KVDA acting MD Francis Kipkech, among other officials arrested in Eldoret.
Others sought are EAC PS Susan Koech, Kerio Valley Development Authority managing director Kipchumba Kimosop, Treasury chief economist Kennedy Nyachiro and Treasury director of resource mobilisation Jackson Kinyanjui.
Also to be arrested are Inspector General of State Corporations Titus Muriithi, KVDA head of supply chain William Kipkemboi, Paul Serem (manager, engineering services), Francis Chepkonga, Samuel Kimutai, David Juma, Patrick Kiptoo, Elizabeth Kebenei and Esther Kiror of the tendering committee.
From the technical and financial committee, Kipchumba, Nelson Korir, Isaac Kiiru, Patrick Kipsang, Frederick Towett, Jotham Rutto, Charity Muui, Geoffrey Wahungu, and David Ongare face arrest.
The arrests follows a series of investigations by Director of Criminal Investigation on the two dams overseen by the Italian construction company CMC Di Ravenna.
DPP Haji said the officials broke the law on public finance management and flouted procurement rules thereby committing illegalities in the Arror and Kimwarer dams project.
He said he has gathered sufficient evidence to prosecute the suspects over the scandal that led to the loss of over KSh. 19 billion.
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.