Treasury CS Henry Rotich was, on Monday, detained by DCI officials following the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji’s directive.
The CS, alongside his Principal Secretary Kamau Thugge, as well as the Chief Executive Officer of NEMA, Geoffrey Wahungu, presented themselves before the DCI after their arrest was ordered.
According to a statement by DCI boss George Kinoti “They are in custody now awaiting to be taken to court, we are looking for more others and they will all go to court.”
The three presented themselves moments after the DPP declared that they were wanted persons over the Arror and Kimwarer dams scandal.
They are expected to be grilled further on the payment of KSh20 billion to Italian firm, CMC di Ravenna, for the construction of the two dams.
David Kimosop, the former Kerio Valley Development Authority (KVDA) Managing Director, EAC PS Susan Koech and Treasury Chief Economist, Kennedy Nyachiro, are also in the list of more than 20 others to be apprehended.
Investigations established that government officials flouted all procurement rules. “On September 18, 2018, DCI received complaints on operations at 2 dam projects –Arror and Kimwarer. Investigations revealed that the conception, procurement and payment processes were riddled with massive illegalities.
“Public corruption is a blatant abuse of power. Our message to every law-abiding Kenyan is that we are going to stand by you,” Haji spoke.
Others being sort by police are tender committee members of the Kerio Valley Development Authority (KVDA).
The directive was made by Haji, on Monday when addressed journalists early in the day, after months of investigations that caused political upheavals in the country.
While speaking to the media, he explained that he issued the order after reviewing documents from the investigation of the dam scandal. “The investigations established that govt officials flouted all procurement rules,” Haji spoke.
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