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Henry Rotich

Henry Rotich was a Treasury Cabinet Secretary who was changed together with his Principal Secretary Kamau Thugge for their involvement in the multibillion-shilling Kimwarer and Arror dams scandal.

Rotich, among others, was charged on Tuesday 23 July 2019 with multiple counts including abuse of office, conspiracy to commit an economic crime, conferring a benefit and single-sourcing for the insurance of the projects, and approving payment contrary to the law.

The court heard that they procured and paid for the construction of Kimwarer multipurpose dam, without prior planning. Part of the charge sheet read, “That on April 18, 2017, being the Cabinet Secretary National Treasury and Planning, you used your office to improperly confer a benefit to CMC Di Ravenna- Itiniera joint venture by unlawfully executing a facility agreement for the funding of the development of Arror multi-purpose dam.

The day before, Monday, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji had ordered the prosecution of 28 individuals, among them officials from the National Treasury, Ministry of East Africa Community, National Environment Management Authority, Kerio Valley Development Authority and Inspectorate of State Corporations.

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