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Haji orders arrest of CS Rotich, PS Kamau Thugge over dams scandal

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CS Rotich Arrest: The Daily Nation has reported that The Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji has ordered the arrest of National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotichover the multi-billion dams scandal.

The scandal involves the controversial Arror and Kimwarer dams. The leading paper in the country reports that the CS Rotich arrest could be one of many to come involving among other top government officials who include PS Kamau Thugge.

Ben Mulwa: Henry Rotich is Kenya’s worst finance minister

Here is what the paper says:

“Top government officials are said to have bent the rules, and misled the public about the state of national finances, in order to award the tender to the bankrupt Italian firm CMC Di Ravenna.

The company was to finance the Arror and Kimwarer dams project but the Kerio Valley Development Authority (KVDA) and the National Treasury went ahead to spend Sh20.5 billion of taxpayers’ money on the ghost projects.

The contract signed between the KVDA and CMC Di Ravenna was to see the Italian firm dig into its own pockets to complete the projects, set up a power plant, transmission lines and other related infrastructure and recover its money by selling power to the government for an unspecified number of years before handing back the dams to the government.

Instead, the National Treasury shopped for expensive loans in Italy and spent Sh20.5 billion for which Cabinet approval was sought.

The dams were strongly opposed by the Kenya Forest Service (KFS), which owned the tracts of forest-covered land that was acquired for the ghost projects. The National Environmental Management Authority approved the projects.”

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