State drops graft charges against Rotich in Arror Dam scandal

State drops graft charges against Rotich in Arror Dam scandal

Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji has dropped some charges against more suspects in the Ksh.63 billion corruption case including former Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich over the Kimwarer and Arror dams case.

In a fresh application lodged in court under a certificate of urgency, the DPP amended the charge sheet dropping the names of some suspects related to the award of tenders for the construction of the two dams by Italian firms to the former Kerio Valley Development Authority (KVDA) managing director David Kimosop and others.

The new charge sheet claims that Mr Kimosop and senior officials of KVDA wilfully failed to comply with competitive bidding for the projects’ tender as required by Section 29 (1) of the Public-Private Partnership Act.

Mr Rotich had initially been charged with engaging the collapsed Italian construction company CMC Di Ravenna.

The Italian firm went bankrupt months after receiving Ksh.7.2 billion in advance payment for the non-existent project.

The latest move by the DPP came in the wake of a petition filed in the High Court by Mr Rotich arguing that the charges against him were premised on the wrong assumption that he was the one who initiated the projects.

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