File On Arror Dam Scandal Goes Missing From Court Vaults 

The now abandoned Arror dam

The incident deals a major blow to President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration which had expected to wrap up some of the corruption cases in court to appease Kenyans and the donor community who are unhappy with incidents of high-level corruption in the country

By The Weekly Vision Online

Efforts by the Ethics And Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) to charge in court former treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich over the loss of nearly Ksh. 67 billion for construction of dams in Kerio valley have run into headwinds after critical documentary evidence vanished from the court registry!

This deals a major blow to President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration which had expected to wrap up some of the corruption cases in court to appease Kenyans and the donor community who are unhappy with incidents of high-level corruption in the country. President Kenyatta was hoping that he would wrap up the case before he leaves office in August, the consolation that he at least put some “big fish” behind bars, some of whom are allies of deputy president William Ruto.

Mr Rotich when the matter was first mentioned in court

Reports that documents relating to the scam in which Kenya paid a shadowy firm that is now faced with bankruptcy in Italy, rattled many Kenyans. The firm was reportedly paid Ksh. 67 billion even before it had cleared the site of the proposed dams. The fact that nobody is speaking but it now is typical of the way deals are cut, brokered and executed in Kenya’s graft prone corridors of justice where the “highest bidder” always prevails.

The Arror and Kimwarer dams were to be built in the semi-arid and vast Kerio valley to provide water for irrigation, create jobs for the youth and produce electricity for industries

Senior government officials aware of the raging Uhuru Kenyatta succession are playing safe saying no one knows who will be calling the shots after the curtain falls on the Kenyatta regime. The Arror and Kimwarer dams were to be built in the semi-arid and vast Kerio valley to provide water for irrigation, create jobs for the youth and produce electricity for industries. The cattle rustling prone region widely described as a bandit country would have undergone an economic transformation but most of the cash was lost to corruption as the Italian firm has since been liquidated.

Western donors and multilateral lenders have faulted Nairobi for failing to reign in on corruption, saying President Kenyatta’s administration has failed to convict some of the top officials engaged in corruption despite the billions stolen from public coffers. Donors expect the new regime in Nairobi come August to be more committed to prosecuting and jailing graft suspects many of who are said to enjoy state protection.

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