In the multibillion-dollar Arror and Kimwarer Dam projects dispute, former President Uhuru Kenyatta’s days as Cabinet Minister for Treasury returned to haunt him.
On Tuesday, September 20, a key witness testified before the Milimani Anti-Corruption Court that Uhuru approved the construction of both dams while serving as the late Mwai Kibaki’s deputy prime minister.
The witness, who was a member of the Kerio Valley Development Authority’s (KVDA) Adhoc Technical & Evaluation Tendering Committee, testified that Uhuru approved the project’s conceptualization and execution paperwork and signed off on advertising for bids.
The court also said that the witness could testify against former Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich and KVDA Managing Director David Kimosop.
“She told Chief Magistrate Lawrence Mugambi how the accused persons conspired to float tenders for the 2 projects and awarded CMC di Ravenna- Itinera Joint Ventures even though the company did not bid for the projects,” reads as statement of the ODPP.
Rotich’s attorney, Katwa Kigen, questioned the witness’s transition from suspect to cooperating witness during cross-examination.
But she stressed that she was not offered any payment for her participation and that she was simply trying to clarify her part in the tendering procedure.
“She was tasked with evaluating the projects’ tender documents and was never consulted about the tendering process,” noted the prosecution.
Rotich, Kimosop, and seven others were charged with conspiracy to defraud the government of Ksh56.3 billion (USD 501.8 million) for the development of two multi-purpose dam projects.
Rotich, Kimosop, and seven others were charged with conspiring to defraud the government of Ksh56.3 billion (USD 501.8 million) for two dam projects.