Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Hajj ordered the arrest of Treasury CS Henry Rotich and his Principal Secretary Kamau Thugge on Monday morning over alleged irregular advance payments for construction of Kimwarer and Arror dams.
The tender of the multi-billion shillings project is said to have been awarded to bankrupt Italian firm CMC Di Ravenna after top government officials misadvised the public about the state of national finances.
Apart from Rotich and Thugge, other people arrested from the National Treasury are;
- Chief Economist, Kennedy Nyakundi
- Director of Resource Mobilization Jackson Njau.
From the Kerio Valley Development Authority (KVDA);
- Managing Director David Kimosop,
- Head of Supply Chain Management William Kipkemboi Maina
- Manager Engineering services Paul Kipkoech
Members of the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) also made the list;
- CEO Geoffrey Mwangi Wahungu
- David Walunya Ongare.
From the Ad hoc Technical and Financial Evaluation Committee;
- Moses Kipchumba,
- Nelson Korir,
- Isaac Kiiru,
- Patrick Kipsang,
- Fredrick Towett,
- Jotham Rutto
- Charity Muui.
Six members of the tender committee were also included in the list;
- Francis Chepkonga,
- Samuel Kimutai,
- David Onyango,
- Patrick Kiptoo,
- Elizabeth Kebenei
- Esther Korir.
The director of CMC Di Ravenna Paulo Porcelli and Dr. Susan Jemtai Koech who is the PS, Ministry of East Africa Community are also set to face the law.
The arrested individuals will be charged with conspiracy to defraud, willful failure to comply with applicable procedures and guidelines relating to procurement, engaging in a project without proper planning and abuse of office.
They will also answer to charges of financial misconduct, fraudulent acquisition of public property, giving misleading document and neglect to perform official duty.