Former Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich was on Wednesday, May 26 charged afresh in the Arror and Kimwarer multi-billion shillings dams scandal.
Rotich and four others were charged with conspiracy to defraud the government more than KSh53 billion in the dams scandal.
Appearing before Anti-Corruption Court Chief Magistrate Douglas Ogoti, the five individuals were also charged with willful failure to comply with procurement laws, engaging in a project without prior planning, abuse of office and committing an offence of financial misconduct.
Rotich was charged alongside former Kerio Valley Development Authority (KVDA) boss David Kimosop, former Chief Economist Kennedy Nyakundi, Jackson Kinyanjui and Titus Muriithi. They all pleaded not guilty.
Rotich and his co-accused charge sheet reads in part;
“Between 17th December 2014 and 31st January 2019, with others not before court jointly conspired to defraud the Government of Kenya of USD 501,829,769.43 (KSh54 billion) by entering into the construction and development of Arror multi-purpose dam and Kimwarer multi-purpose dam , a project you knew was not approved… as a consequence of which you improperly secured a commercial loan under the guise of a Government to Government agreement thus making the Government of Kenya liable as a financier and borrower.”
Hearing of the case has been scheduled for October 18, 21 and 22 this year. Magistrate Ogoti says that he will not allow any application forn adjournments during the process.
The decision to charge Rotich and his co-accused afresh came after the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) withdrew charges against some of the accused persons in the case.
DPP Noordin Haji withdrew a case against former Treasury Principal Secretary Kamau Thugge, who will now be a State witness.