Dams Scandal: Cabinet only approved Arror, not Kimwarer Dam Project
The hearing of the multi-billion Arror & Kimwarer Dams scandal involving former National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich, former Kerio Valley Development Authority (KVDA) Managing Director David Kimosop, and seven others began yesterday with the prosecution saying they are ready for the case.
In their opening statement, the prosecution said that it will prove that Mr. Rotich deliberately presided over a scheme leading to the loss of over Sh21 billion.
Special Prosecutor, Taib Ali Taib, told the court that the cabinet only approved the construction of Arror and not Kimwarer Dam. However, Rotich and KVDA officials allegedly added the Kimwarer project and floated tenders in December 2014 for both dams.
According to the prosecution, the accused individuals conspired to award the tender to a ghost Italian firm, CMC di Ravenna- Itinera Joint Ventures, which did not exist at that time.
” Prosecution will also demonstrate that CMC di Ravenna-Joint Ventures never bought any tender documents, neither did they submit any bids nor appeared in the tender opening documents. Instead, CMC di Ravenna Italy appeared in the tender opening documents.” Taib told the Anti-Corruption Court.
The firm has since filed a case before the arbitration court in the Hague seeking to compel the government of Kenya to pay Sh80 billion for the project whose initial budget was Sh65 billion.