FORMER TREASURY CABINET SECRETARY DENIES CHARGES IN FRESH CHARGES OVER THE KIMWARER AND ARROR DAMS SCANDAL

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Former Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich appeared before the anti-corruption and denied charges of corruption when he took a fresh plea over the Kshs.55.8 Billion Kimwarer and Arror dams scandal.

Rotich, who was charged with eight others denied the fresh charges which were allowed by Chief Magistrate Lawrence Mugambi after the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) moved to court seeking to be allowed consolidate two case files to expedite the case.

Among those before the court with Rotich are former National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) Director General, Geoffrey Wahungu, former Kerio Valley Development Authority Managing Director, David Kimosop and senior officials at the National Treasury among them former Chief Economist, former Head of Europe Division and a former Director of Resource Mobilization at Treasury.

The former Treasury CS is battling accusations of borrowing funds from private foreign banks without any budgetary approval by Parliament. There was also no approved allocation for the loans by Parliament for the Arror multi-purpose dam.

The trial will finally start on November 23. Procurement and unapproved expenditures are some of the most corruption prone areas upon which many public officials are caught up in the intricate web of corruption.
Long delays in corruption cases in courts have also been blamed for impeding the fight against corruption and the new impetus will go a long way to turn the tide.

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