Rotich to be grilled again in dam pay scandal
SEE ALSO :Governor Mandago hits out at TreasuryA dam in South Africa was allegedly also used to kick-start the Arror and Kimwarer projects. Yesterday, a team flew to South Africa to establish if the dam existed. KVDA officials yesterday said only Sh7.6 billion had been paid to the contractor for the project, being 15 per cent of the total contract sum. But the DCI insists their investigations show that up to Sh21 billion has been paid. This includes Sh6.3 billion mobilisation funds, which investigators believe were used to pay kickbacks to various parties. Among other claims, the team is investigating conspiracy to defraud. Detectives have so far questioned close to 100 people, including Treasury Principal Secretary Kamau Thugge, contractors and suppliers of various goods and services.
SEE ALSO :Sh6.5b hospital 'delayed' by StateApart from the Arror and Kimwarer projects, police are also investigating Itare Dam in Kuresoi, which they said has stalled despite Sh11.5 billion being paid to the same contractor. The project was to be a joint venture between KVDA, CMC di Ravenna and Itinera. But police have detected anomalies in subsequent contracts that were signed to warrant payments. “People were paid and no single project is being implemented on the ground,” said DCI George Kinoti. Apart from boosting food security, the dams are supposed to provide clean water for hundreds of households in surrounding counties. They are also expected to inject electricity into the national grid. Yesterday, more suppliers of various goods and services appeared before the team probing the matter. One supplier said they supplied cutlery worth Sh8 million to an office in Eldoret after being contracted by CMC di Ravenna. According to records, a leading supermarket was paid Sh4 million for supplying pillows and bed sheets while a food and wine company based in Lavington was paid Sh15 million for supplying food and wine. Aerial survey Car hire services cost Sh7 million while Sh18 million was used for aerial survey services. Another company supplied food worth Sh10.2 million. A company was paid Sh6 million to supply generators while another was paid Sh19 million for physical studies. One firm was paid Sh13 million for provision of air tickets while another got Sh6 million for generators. A company that provided registration services was paid Sh500,000 while another one that supplied timber got Sh66,000. An aviation firm that provided a chopper for two days received Sh310,000. The materials were dropped off in Eldoret, Kapsowar and Nairobi while others were picked up from suppliers’ offices. The suppliers’ representatives have been going to DCI headquarters to show what services they offered and why they were paid.
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