- A witness now claims that a committee recommended 7 companies to be awarded tender to construct Arror and Kimwarer dams. CMC di Ravenna never bidded, yet the firm was awarded the KSh63B project.
- Ex-Treasury CS Henry Rotich is among the accused.
The hearing of the Arror and Kimwarer dams case involving former Treasury CS Henry Rotich, ex-KVDA boss David Kimosop and seven others kicked off on Tuesday, November 23.
In its opening statement, prosecution said that it was on a mission to prove that the Cabinet only approved the construction of Arror Dam, and not Kimwarer Dam.
Led by Special Prosecutor Taib Ali Taib, prosecution asserted that the Arror Project was approved on the basis that the government will not fund it but Kerio Valley Development Authority (KVDA) was to source for it.
“Prosecution will also demonstrate how the accused persons conspired to float tenders for the 2 projects and awarded CMC di Ravenna– Itinera Joint Ventures even though the company did not exist at that time,” said Taib.
“Prosecution will also demonstrate how CMC di Ravenna-Joint Ventures never bought any tender documents, neither did it submit any bids and didn’t appear in the tender opening documents. Instead, CMC di Ravenna Italy appeared in the tender opening documents.”
Taib: Kenya may lose KSh80B
Taib also told the court how Kenya risks losing more than KSh80 billion to CMC Di Ravenna Itinera Joint Venture, the firm that was contracted to build the dams. This is if an arbitration court rules in their favour.
The value of the project was Sh65 billion.
Taib told chief magistrate Lawrence Mugambi they will demonstrate to the court how Rotich and his co-accused planned to steal Sh65 billion of public funds.
Arror and Kimwarer Dams case: First witness takes the stand
On Wednesday, November 24, prosecution presented its first witness.
Charity Gaicugi, a former procurement assistant at KVDA, told the court that she was a member of the Tender Opening Committee and Secretary to the Technical & Financial Evaluation Committee that evaluated bids for construction of Arror and Kimwarer Dams.
According to Gaicugi, tender documents were opened in the presence of representatives of the companies that had bidded. Evaluation Committee suggested seven companies for tender award. “None of them was awarded, instead, CMC di Ravenna was awarded yet it hadn’t bidded,” says Gaicugu.