DPP denies receiving Arror and Kimwarer investigation file from DCI


DPP Noordin Haji
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In Summary

  • Taking to Twitter, DPP Noordin Haji indicated that investigations are still underway further contradicting earlier reports that investigations were complete and charges were about to follow.
  • Mr. Haji, while acknowledging the complex nature of the investigations as they involve various countries, said suspects are being interviewed and recording statements.

The Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) has contradicted reports that he has received investigation files of the Arror and Kimwarer dams scandal from the Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI).

Taking to Twitter, DPP Noordin Haji indicated that investigations are still underway further contradicting earlier reports that investigations were complete and charges were about to follow.

“The DPP wishes to inform the public that the @dci_ke has not yet handed over the investigation file in respect to Arror and Kimwarer Dams, investigations is ongoing,” said the DPP.

Mr. Haji, while acknowledging the complex nature of the investigations as they involve various countries, said suspects are being interviewed and recording statements.

“Investigations which are complex in nature, involve various Countries. There is a high number of persons of interest who are currently being interviewed and recording statements,” he added.

“Once investigations are complete, the public shall be informed accordingly by the DPP and the DCI.”

On March 18, a source at the DCI headquarters revealed to Citizen TV that the files had been forwarded to the DPP for further action.

The source further disclosed that the suspects could face four charges including conspiracy to commit an economic crime, aiding the commission of an economic crime, abuse of office and negligence of official duty.

A public officer found liable to negligence of official duty could face life imprisonment.

Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich and Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa have since been grilled by the DCI over the Ksh.21 billion dams scandal.

A staggering Ksh.21 billion was paid out to a few firms for supply of goods and services.

In some instances millions were paid for bed sheets and towels, in contracts that were supposed to be about the Arror and Kimwarer Dams in Elgeyo Marakwet County.

An investigation file seen by Citizen TV revealed how the money was shared among companies and individuals for supply of goods and services for the construction of the dams.

CMC Di Ravenna Kenya was fingered as one of the companies that received the most money allegedly having receiving Ksh.100.6 million for services yet to be determined.

According to DCI, Files Steel Structures Ltd was allegedly paid Ksh.8 million for the supply of construction material.

Sanlam Insurance Co. is said to have received Ksh.47 million to provide a cover for the dams.

Another Ksh.19.4 million is claimed to have gone to Highland Valuers for land valuation and relocation services, this despite the fact that the land in both sites are still occupied by locals.

Individuals are also being probed in the dams scandal are; One Vipul Kumar Patel who is alleged to have received Ksh.2.9 million of the money for unknown services.

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