Former National Treasury CS Henry Rotich has been charged afresh alongside others accused in relation to the Kimwarer and Arror multibillion-shilling corruption case.
Appearing before Chief Magistrate Douglas Ogoti today, Rotich denied all the charges read out to him alongside other accused.
The new charge sheet was presented to court after the DPP amended the old one. The prosecution removed the names of former PSs Kamau Thugge and Susan Koech who had been charged alongside Rotich to testify against Rotich during the hearing that is scheduled to commence. The DPP has also removed the names of 20 Italians who will be charged separately.
The DPP said the evidence in the case remains the same and they will not be introducing new documents neither shall they be introducing new witnesses.
This means there are now three different cases in respect of Kimwarer and Arror dam.
Chief Magistrate Douglas Ogoti encouraged Rotich and his co-accused to plea bargain and further ruled that the trial court will not entertain any adjournment by parties. The court further says no defense lawyer will be allowed to withdraw from the case on the hearing date.
On the other hand, the prosecution has also been directed to supply the defense with the chronology of the witnesses who will testify first and those to follow, and if the chronology changes parties should be told three days prior.