Treasury minister Henry Rotich finally left the Directorate of Criminal Investigations on Tuesday night, after about 12 hours of interrogation on the Sh21 billion Arror and Kimwarer dam scandals. Rotich’s lengthy closed-door grilling came as he honored summons by DCI boss George Kinoti, who wants to look into 107 firms linked to the matter.
Reports indicated that Mr Rotich had been expected to answer questions on how the money was released to the Italian firm contracted to construct the dams, before the start of the project. Mr Rotich’s lawyer, Katwa Kigen, explained that the interrogation took long since there were matters that needed confirmation.
The CS will still pay at least one more visit to the DCI headquarters for more questioning, Mr Kigen said, adding he will report back on Wednesday morning. Rotich is being probed for authorising payment of that amount of money for the two phantom dam projects in Elgeyo-Marakwet County.
He is also accused of writing to the National Land Commission asking officials to deal with land allocation issues to enable the Kerio Valley Development Authority to resettle residents displaced by the projects. Mr Rotich justified the payment of that amount in a newspaper advertisement, contradicting Deputy President William Ruto who said only Sh7 billion was paid.