Reports of Ksh.21B lost in Kimwarer, Arror dams ‘a flat lie’ – DP Ruto


DP William Ruto at Chatham House, London on Friday, February 8, 2019.
DP William Ruto at Chatham House, London on Friday, February 8, 2019.

In Summary

  • The Deputy President on Thursday denied claims that Ksh.21 billion has been lost in the Arror and Kimwarer multi-purpose dam projects in Elgeyo-Marakwet saying only Ksh.7 billion is in question.
  • Saying that theirs is a "responsible government," Dr. Ruto said that the fight on corruption must be "fought on the basis of factual information."

Deputy President William Ruto has waded in on on the latest multi-billion shilling corruption scandal to hit the government saying no money has been lost.

The Deputy President on Thursday denied claims that Ksh.21 billion has been lost in the Arror and Kimwarer multi-purpose dam projects in Elgeyo-Marakwet saying only Ksh.7 billion is in question.

Saying that theirs is a “responsible government,” Dr. Ruto said that the fight on corruption must be “fought on the basis of factual information.”

“You have heard that the government has lost Ksh.21 billion in Kimwarer and Arror dams 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,” said the DP.

“No money will be lost because we are a responsible government, we have engaged every arm of government to make sure that public resources are safe and therefore the correct info must be used as we target the fight against corruption so that we can nail the true culprits.”

It has emerged that Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich, Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa and Treasury PS Kamau Thugge may be questioned by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) as detectives dig into the dam’s scandal.

Citizen TV sassed out details from the DCI on how the billion shilling loot was paid out to 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.

Mr. Ruto, speaking at the State Of The Judiciary workshop at the Supreme Court in Nairobi which was graced by President Uhuru Kenyatta and Chief Justice David Maraga, warned against the growing narrative that anything the government does is corrupt.

“The narrative that is being built that anything the government is doing must be corrupt. We must be sincere and honest about what is going on so that we don’t criminalise and bastardise or create propaganda around every government initiative,” he added.

He expressed the government’s commitment towards fighting corruption.

“Our commitment as the executive, as the legislature and judiciary, there is a now a mechanism and synergy around what we must do so that we can deliver for the people of Kenya. We must proceed on that basis and on the basis of factual information so that we can do justice to our country and use of public resources in the right manner,” said DP Ruto.

 

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