A lawyer who represented Deputy President William Ruto during his trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague is about to begin handling another high profile Kenyan case.
It is unknown how much the Defence lawyer Katwa Kigen, who was the lead counsel during the DP’s trial will pocket during the high profile case in which he will be representing Ruto’s tribesmen.
Katwa Kigen is the Chairman of the Unclaimed Assets Authority. He’s William Ruto’s personal lawyer and also Henry Rotich’s lawyer today at the DCI grilling. Kenyans will finally join the dots.— Mhenga (@MhengaWaKale) March 5, 2019
SOurces said that Katwa Kigen was at the DCI headquarters very early in the morning before his client Cs Rotich had arrived.
Henry Rotich was summoned for further interrogation by the Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti over the Arror and Kimwarer dams scandal.
Rotich, who failed to appear before detectives on Monday, was at the DCI headquarters on Tuesday morning to shed more light on the Ksh.21 billion scandal.
A source within the investigating team says the cabinet secretary is expected to answer 300 questions on how the monies were released to the Italian firm before the project commenced, but more so without designs.
Rotich will also be questioned as to why he went against the advice of the Attorney General and signed off a deal with a company grappling with financial constraints
Sources say lawyers representing the Treasury CS have asked the DCI to avail the interrogation rooms from as early as 6am.
If found culpable, CS Rotich is likely to face graft charges alongside Kerio Valley Development Authority (KVDA) Managing Director David Kimosop, KVDA procurement boss William Maina Kiprotich and the authority’s engineer Paul Serem among other officers.
The lawyer who formerly represented Deputy President William Ruto was awarded a senior position at one of the country’s parastatals.
Lawyer Katwa Kigenwas appointed Chairman of the Unclaimed Financial Assets Authority Board on a three-year term, which to take effect from February 2016.
According to the investigations, a total of Ksh.20.5 billion was paid to CMC di Ravena for the construction of Kimwarer and Arror multi-purpose dams in Elgeyo Marakwet County.
An expenditure breakdown adduced from the investigations and which Rotich released indicates that an advance payment of Ksh.7.8 billion was paid out. Of this amount, Ksh4.3 billion was released for the construction of Arror dam and Ksh.3.5 billion for Kimwarer dam.
However, an additional commitment fee of Ksh. 900 million was paid out to CMC di Ravena for both dams.
Another Ksh.10 billion was advanced to an Italian insurance firm abbreviated SACE as security for the construction of the dams.
The money is alleged to have been wired to foreign banks.
So far, representatives of 70 out of the 107 companies summoned have presented themselves before detectives at the DCI headquarters and recorded statements.