Reports indicate that the National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich has spent better part of Tuesday being grilled at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) headquarters

Rotich arrived at the CID headquarters along Kiambu road slightly some few minutes before 6 am to answer questions on Sh20 billion on Kimwarer and Arror dam projects in Elgeyo-Marakwet County.

This is the second time the CS is appearing before the DCI officers to shed light on the payment

Rotich early this week defended himself in a newspaper advertisement, justifying the billions paid in advance for the construction of the two dams.

In so doing, Mr Rotich ended up contradicting claims by Deputy President William Ruto that only Sh7 billion had been paid out.

Rotich said that up to Sh19.8 billion had been paid to different firms in

Rotich said that up to Sh19.8 billion had been paid to different firms in the two projects on various dates as at the end of last year.

The amount is Sh1.2 billion short of the Sh21 billion the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) is pursuing, and Mr Rotich said the payments were largely fees paid out as part of the conditions to be met before work could begin on the dams.

Rotich is at the centre of investigations because he is accused of authorising payment

He is also accused of writing to the National Land Commission and asking the agency to deal with land allocation issues to enable KVDA to resettle residents displaced by the projects.

Others under investigations include Kerio Valley Development Authority (KVDA) Managing Director David Kimosop and several board members of the State Corporation who have been questioned for the fourth time by the DCI. 

KVDA, which contracted Italian companies CMC di Ravenna and Itinera for the projects, is also at the centre of investigations into allegations of payment of kickbacks to officials.


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