MP asks Ruto to record statement with DCI on dams scandal


MP asks Ruto to record statement with DCI on dams scandal
File image of Deputy President William Ruto. PHOTO| COURTESY

Tiaty Member of Parliament William Kamket wants Deputy President William Ruto to refrain from publicly speaking about the Arror and Kimwarer dams scandal and instead record a statement with the police on the matter.

Speaking on Sunday at Akwichatis area in Tiaty Sub-County, Kamket said public statements being made about the dams project could be more helpful if channeled to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI).

He faulted the DP for downplaying the scandal by claiming that the money in question is Ksh.7 billion and not Ksh.21 billion as stated by the DCI.

“This is an active investigation so take that information to the DCI headquarters. Don’t tell us ‘it was only seven billion’ yet what we want is dams we want water,” said Kamket.

“Do not bother us with these stories. If you have information go to the police. I also want to tell Kipchumba Murkomen… That statement you were releasing in parliament about the dams, take it to the police.”

Last Thursday, Ruto dismissed reports that Ksh.21 billion has been lost in Arror and Kimwarer dam projects in Elgeyo-Marakwet County.

Speaking during the launch of a report on the state of Judiciary at the Supreme Court building, Ruto said the amount in question is Ksh.7 billion.

“You’ve heard that the government has lost about Ksh.21 billion which is a flat lie! The money in question is about Ksh.7 billion, and for every coin that has been paid, we have a bank guarantee,” he said.

At the same time, a section of parliamentarians have faulted the DP for contradicting the investigative agencies on the dams scandal, further accusing him of politicizing the war against corruption.

“The Directorate of Criminal Investigations has confirmed that it is indeed investigating the loss of up to Ksh.21 billion in construction of dams.

“To the utter shock of Kenyans, Mr William Ruto has taken it upon himself to explain this scam, making himself the spokesperson for ministries of Water, Agriculture and other affeced ministries. Mr Ruto has gone ahead to provide his own version of the amount lost, “a mere Ksh7 billion” according to him,  contradicting the DCI, the agency tasked with investigations in Kenya,” said the MPs.

They include; Anthony Oluoch, Caleb Amisi, Teddy Mwabire, Florence Mutua, Gladys Wanga, Godfrey Osotsi and Jared Okello, Timothy Bosire

They added: “We call on Ruto to separate his 2022 presidential  ambitions from the desire by the people of Kenya for a clean and honest government.”

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