CS Rotich grilled for another full day over Ksh. 21B dams scandal


CS Rotich grilled for another full day over Ksh. 21B dams scandal
National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich addresses delegates during the launch of the first mobile-phone-based government bond, called M-Akiba, at the Treasury building in Nairobi, Kenya March 23, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich spent yet another full day at the Directorate of Criminal Investigations headquarters, being grilled over the multi-billion Kimwarer and Arror dams scandal.

CS Rotich on Wednesday arrived at the DCI headquarters at around 9am and was allowed to leave shortly after 9pm.

Citizen Digital understands that the interrogation of the CS is now complete and the Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti will now forward Rotich’s file to the Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji for review.

If the DPP recommends prosecution, CS Rotich will be summoned back to the DCI for processing before being presented in court.

 

On Tuesday, Rotich accompanied by his lawyers arrived at the DCI headquarters on Kiambu Road at around 5.45am for a grilling session that would last all day long. The Treasury CS left the criminal investigations centre at around 8pm and returned on Wednesday for more interrogation.

He was summoned by DCI boss George Kinoti to shed more light on the controversial payment of Ksh.21 billion to an Italian firm — CMC di Ravena — for the construction of Kimwarer and Arror dams in Elgeyo Marakwet County.

A source within the investigating team divulged that CS Rotich was subjected to an array of about 300 questions on how the monies were released to the Italian firm before the project commenced, but more so without designs.

Rotich would also be probed as to why he went against the advice of the Attorney General and signed off a deal with a company grappling with financial constraints.

If found culpable, CS Rotich is likely to face graft charges alongside Kerio Valley Development Authority (KVDA) Managing Director David Kimosop, KVDA procurement boss William Maina Kiprotich and the authority’s engineer Paul Serem among other officers.

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