Police hold luxury cars in dam scandal
SEE ALSO :Esther Passaris to sue Nairobi Governor“That we further conducted investigations at Toyota Kenya to establish the purpose of the payments which investigations revealed that they had received Sh160,275,928 which was for the purpose of purchase of 45 units such as Prados, Fortuners, Corollas, Hiace Vans and double cabin pickups,” Kitalia said in his affidavit. His report is based on the investigation on some Sh7.6 billion down payment for the construction of Arror and Kimwarer multi-purpose dams in Kerio Valley. Detective suspect that some of the funds were wired out of the country, besides the Sh500 million paid to local suppliers who delivered home fittings and supplies and the vehicles. The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) has already seized 37 of the vehicles. In his affidavit, Kitalia said the vehicles were potential court exhibits depending on the outcome of the criminal investigations into suspected kickbacks paid by the Italian firm to Kenyan officials. Following the detention of the vehicles, Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji and DCI boss George Kinoti want to be enjoined in the civil case pitting Barclays Bank of Kenya against the contractor. Barclays had sought to repossess the vehicles and other equipment to recover Sh600 million it had lent to CMC di Ravenna, and is also fighting to have them stored at a yard of its choice in Nakuru.
SEE ALSO :Fake gold probe on, says DCIThe bank, through Iseme, Kamau and Maema (IKM) Advocates, argued that the company might go under before repaying Sh595,655,552 it borrowed to finance the purchase of the equipment. Justice Francis Tuiyott granted orders and directed the firm to surrender 98 vehicles and equipment it had already purchased for the construction of Arror and Kimwarer dams.
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