Henry Rotich’s Partner Freed From Dam Scandal, Set To Testify Against Him

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  • The Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Noordin Haji has withdrawn charges leveled against former Treasury Principal Secretary Kamau Thugge who will now be a witness against his former boss Henry Rotich over the Kimwarer and Arror dam scandals.
  • Rotich and Thugge denied multiple charges of entering into a commercial loan facility agreement disguising it as a government to government loan guaranteed by the Italian Government.
  • Last year the DPP also withdrew charges against two Treasury officials - Livingstone Gumbe and Bernard Gibet.

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The Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Noordin Haji has withdrawn charges leveled against former Treasury Principal Secretary Kamau Thugge who will now be a witness against his former boss Henry Rotich over the Kimwarer and Arror dam scandals.

The DPP also withdrew charges against former Tourism and Wildlife PS Susan Koech.

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According to the DPP’s office, the two former PSs will now become State witnesses in the trial of former Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich as well as those implicated in the scandal.

The two Thugge and Koech were facing several counts in connection to the procurement process for the construction of the dams in Elgeyo Marakwet County.

Thugge’s lawyer, Senior Counsel Philip Murgor said the former PS did not object to the charges’ withdrawal. Murgor also asked for the release of Thugge’s passport and the Sh15 million cash bail which he had deposited in court.

The former State officials were accused of conspiracy to commit an economic crime, abuse of office, engaging in a project without prior planning and failing to comply with rules and regulations relating to the management of public finances, committing an offense of financial misconduct, and improperly conferring a benefit, abuse of office.

Rotich and Thugge denied multiple charges of entering into a commercial loan facility agreement disguising it as a government to government loan guaranteed by the Italian Government.

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Other officials implicated in the scandal include former Kerio Valley Development Authority (KVDA) managing director David Kimosop and Treasury officials Kennedy Nyachiro (chief economist), Jackson Kinyanjui (Head of Europe Division), and Titus Muriithi (Director of Resource Mobilisation at Treasury).

They were accused of jointly conspiring to defraud the government of $501,829,769, by entering into a deal to construct the two dams, Arror and Kimwarer dams without approval. They are said to have committed the offense between December 17, 2014, and January 31, 2019.

Last year the DPP also withdrew charges against two Treasury officials – Livingstone Gumbe and Bernard Gibet.

Related: Former CS Henry Rotich Reveals He Was Sacrificed In Arror, Kimwarer Dam Scandals

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