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Arror Dam Scandal

Arror Dam Scandal, usually mentioned as Arror and Kimwarer Dam scandal was a kickback driven project in the Rift valley of Kenya. The dam was mooted ostensibly to provide water for irrigation. However although feasibility studies showed it was not feasible, some government officials went ahead and purported to procure the project.

When the story broke the Deputy president defended the project saying no money was lost and said the project would go on.

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.

Henry Rotich, Kamau Thugge, David Kimosop, Kennedy Nyachiro, Jackson Kinyanjui, Titus Muriithi, Paulo Porcelli, CMC Di Ravenna- Itinera Jv and CMC Di Ravenna- Itinera JV Kenya Branch are accused of jointly conspiring to defraud the Government of Sh27,740,760,550 between December 17, 2014 and September 27, 2018. According to the charge sheet, the individuals and entities entered into a commercial loan facility agreement disguising it as a government to government loan guaranteed by the Italian Government. The charge sheet further states, “while knowing the tender document contained in the request for proposals for the development of the dams project was a concessional agreement where the intended concessionaire was to be the borrower and financier and not the Government of Kenya.”Fraudulent acquisition of public propertyPaulo Porcelli, CMC Di Ravenna- Itinera Jv and CMC Di Ravenna- Itinera JV Kenya Branch are accused of fraudulent acquisition of property contrary to  Section 45 (1)(A).

“On diverse dates between December 7, 2014 and September 27, 2018 jointly with others not before court fraudulently acquired public property worth Sh4,161,114,083 through an account with Barclays Bank of Kenya- Waiyaki Way Branch from the National Treasury and Planning knowing or having reasons to believe that it was fraudulently acquired,” reads part of the charge sheet. Misuse of public funds entry Rotich, Kamau Thugge, Kennedy Nyachiro, Jackson Kinyanjui, Susan Koech and David Kimosop have been charged with failure to comply with applicable procedures and guidelines relating to the management of public funds.“Being the Cabinet Secretary, Principal Secretary, Chief Economist, Director Resources Mobilisation Department of National Treasury and planning, East African Community  PS and the Managing Director Kerio Valley Authority respectively being persons whose functions concerned the management of public funds failed to comply with applicable law relating to procurement.”Other charges include; engaging in a project without planning, failure to comply with guidelines and procedures relating to procurement and financial misconduct.

  • 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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