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Arror and Kimwarer Dams Scandal

Arror Dam and Kimwarer Dam scandal were two kickback driven projects that happened at the same time so they are mentioned together. The Dams were to be built in the Kerio Valley of the Rift valley of Kenya. The feasibility studies for the dams were done in the eighties. Although the reason that was given for not undertaking the projects then was lack of funds the study had shown the dams were not viable. Study was actually just a way of getting money from the treasury.

When the story first broke that Treasury had paid money for the non-existent project, the Deputy President was quick to defend the project and said the projects would continue. By also declaring that the projects were insured, He appeared to have inadvertently let out another aspect of the scandal. The firm that was claimed to have insured the project was also funding the project

But later the treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich and his Principal Secretary Kamau Thugge were  among 26 government officials charged over the multibillion-shilling Kimwarer and Arror dams’ scandal.

Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich – “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. ”
Treasury Principal Secretary Kamau Thugge, on the other hand, was charged with five counts of abuse of office. One charge read, “That on May 18, 2017, used your office improperly to confer a benefit to Intensa San Paulo S.P.A, London Branch and CMC Di Ravenna-Itiniera joint venture by unlawfully approving payment of EUR 2.5 (Sh295,877,663) for the development of the Arror multi-purpose dam.”Conspiracy to defraud

David Kimosop – conspiring to defraud the Government by entering into a commercial loan facility agreement disguising it as a government to government loan guaranteed by the Italian Government.

Kennedy Nyachiro – conspiring to defraud the Government by entering into a commercial loan facility agreement disguising it as a government to government loan guaranteed by the Italian Government.

Jackson Kinyanjui – conspiring to defraud the Government by entering into a commercial loan facility agreement disguising it as a government to government loan guaranteed by the Italian Government.

Titus Muriithi – conspiring to defraud the Government by entering into a commercial loan facility agreement disguising it as a government to government loan guaranteed by the Italian Government.

Paulo Porcelli – are accused of fraudulent acquisition of property contrary to  Section 45 (1)(A).

CMC Di Ravenna– Itinera Jv – are accused of fraudulent acquisition of property contrary to  Section 45 (1)(A).

CMC Di Ravenna- Itinera JV Kenya Branch – are accused of fraudulent acquisition of property contrary to  Section 45 (1)(A).

conspiring to defraud the Government by entering into a commercial loan facility agreement disguising it as a government to government loan guaranteed by the Italian Government.

Case files

  • FILE 1: Eight counts – Kimwarer dam
    Suspects: Officials from National Treasury, Ministry of East Africa Community, Inspectorate of State Corporations, Kerio Valley Development Authority MD, and Italian firm CMC di Ravenna.
  • FILE 2: 18 counts – Arror dam
    Suspects: Officials from National Treasury, Ministry of East Africa Community, Inspectorate of State Corporations, Kerio Valley Development Authority MD, and Italian firm CMC di Ravenna.
  • FILE 3: Nine counts – Kimwarer dam
    Suspects: Kerio Valley Development Authority MD and staff and National Environment Management Authority officials.
  • FILE 4: Nine counts – Arror dam
    Suspects: Kerio Valley Development Authority MD and staff and National Environment Management Authority officials.
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