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DPP Noordin Haji's evidence against CS Rotich, PS Thuge

23, Jul 2019

The arrest of top State officials over the multi-billion shilling Kimwarer and Arror dams’ scandal was a result of an elaborate probe that saw Kenya enlist the help of Italy, UK and Dubai.  Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich presented himself to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations hours after Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji ordered his arrest. Also arrested was Treasury Permanent Secretary Kamau Thugge (pictured) and other senior Government officials awaiting to be arraigned today. A total 28 officials and entities are to be charged. This follows a nine-month probe into the stalled Sh65 billion dams that were to be constructed in Elgeyo Marakwet. At a Press briefing in his office yesterday, Mr Haji termed the twin dam scandal one of the biggest corruption heists in the country in recent times. “If the projects were carried out in adherence to the law and existing policies for safeguarding public interest, then it should not have cost Sh63 billion. We have evidence to prove Sh19,714,366,991 was lost through a well-choreographed scheme to defraud public funds,” said Haji. The elaborate probe saw Kenya enlist the help of Italy, UK and Dubai to finally crack the case and get much needed evidence to commence prosecution. The Standard has reliably learnt that with the help from the countries, the multi-agency task-force that has been investigating the case was able to track the activities and payments made regarding the multi-purpose dams projects.

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