Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen has come to the defence of the 28 suspects implicated in the Sh21 billion Arror and Kimwarer scandal.
Treasury CS Henry Rotich and his PS Kamau Thugge lead a list of 28 people facing charges in the multibillion scandal. Rotich and Thugge have surrendered themselves to the DCI.
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The Senate Majority Leader this afternoon arrived at DCI Head Quarters as a lawyer representing some of the suspects. But according to Murkomen, all the charges against the suspects is a false display of information.
“I have looked at the charge sheets and I can tell you the entire thing is a charade,” Murkomen told journalists.
Senator Murkomen arrives at the DCI headquarters in Nairobi. He says he is there in his capacity as a lawyer representing some of the suspects in the Arror & Kimwarer dams scandal.
"I have looked at the charge sheets and I can tell you the entire thing is a charade" ~ Murkomen pic.twitter.com/PIGuoBDpJy
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Those mentioned in the multi-million scam are accused of offences, including conspiracy to defraud and the abuse of office. They are also accused of failing to comply with applicable procedures and guidelines relating to procurement.
The money is believed to have been shared among companies and individuals for the supply of goods and services for the construction of the dams.
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.
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.
Other millions were wired to foreign banks which DPP and DCI have been struggling to trace them.
But Henry Rotich is being brought in for the Second time considering the Dam Scandal. He was first questioned early March alongside Devolution CS Eugine Wamalwa but managed to walk escort free.
Some leaders from the Rift Valley Region have always defended the Multi-billion scandal. Deputy President William Ruto leading the troop in disputing the figure in question.