Ruto: no funds will be lost under jubilee administration

Deputy President William Ruto speaks during the launch of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Strategic Plan and the Diaspora Web Portal at the Intercontinental Hotel in Nairobi on October 29, 2014. In the past few months, the vote-rich Mt Kenya East region appears to be warming to the United Republican Party whose leader Deputy President William Ruto has made several visits. PHOTO | SALATON NJAU |

Deputy President William Ruto has rubbished claims that money running into billions was misappropriated in dubious Elgeyo-Marakwet County dams.

It was earlier reported that Sh21 billion was been lost in Arror and Kimwarer dam projects in the county.

Speaking during the launch of a report on the state of Judiciary in Nairobi on Thursday, Dr Ruto said only expenditure of Sh7 billion is in question.

“You’ve heard that government has lost about Sh21 billion in Kimwarer and Aror dam, which is a flat lie!” he said at the Supreme Court.

“The money in question is about Sh7 billion and for every coin that has been paid, we have a bank guarantee. No money will be lost because we are a responsible government.”

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) summoned over 100 people for questioning over the controversy said to have cost the tax payer billions of monies in dubious deals.

“And there fore the correct information must be used as we target the war on corruption so that we can nail the true suspects,” Ruto stated.

“Sometimes when we say Sh9 billion has been lost and then when we go to court it is Sh100 million, the public is asking, what happened to Sh8.1 billion and we shoot ourselves in the foot. The correct information must be used as we target the fight against corruption so that we can reel in the true culprits.”

DCI boss George Kinoti listed 27 companies and their more than 100 directors, whom he wants questioned over the controversial dams said to have cost the tax payer billions of money in dubious deals.

This came days after several high-ranking government officials – including Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich – were questioned over the scandal.

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