CS Henry Rotich Quizzed Over KShs65 billion scandal

Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich has been grilled by the DCI over involvement in Ksh65 billion stalled dam projects.

Rotich is said to have recorded a statement on Monday at the Directorate of Criminal Investigations over the Arror and Kimwarer multi-purpose dams in Elgeyo Marakwet County which are currently under construction.

DCI boss George Kinoti confirmed that Rotich had recorded a statement in the probe into claims of fraud in the two projects. However, it is not clear if the CS was questioned as a witness or if he is under investigation. The two projects are being financed through a loan from the Italian Government.

CMC di Ravenna, Arror and Kimwarer dams are being constructed by CMC di Ravenna, an Italian company at a tune of Kh38.5 billion and Ksh28 billion respectively. “One director has signed an affidavit stating where money that had been paid for the construction of a dam went. It seems the money was paid as kickbacks to top State officials,” an official privy to the investigations mentioned.

The team left on Wednesday to seek inclusion in a case in which the firm has filed for liquidation in Rome. CMC di Ravenna is alleged to have paid a bribe of an unknown amount from a Ksh4.9 billion down payment it received last year for the design of a project.

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