In Summary
  • The court also warned the suspects against contacting any prosecution witness or tampering with evidence or else their bail terms will be cancelled.

  • The accused were also required to deposit their passports and other travel documents in court as condition for their release.

  • Dr Koech was ordered to deposit Sh6 million cash bail to secure her release.

Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich and the PS Kamau Thugge were Tuesday ordered to deposit Sh15 million cash bail each to secure their release after denying multiple charges relating to the multibillion-shilling scandal in the construction of the Arror and Kimwarer dams.

By last evening, their lawyers and assistants were shuffling between the court and the Kenya Commercial Bank, Milimani branch, situated at the same court building. Those accused alongside them had been taken to the Industrial Area remand prison by 6.30pm.

CHARGES

Mr Rotich and Dr Thugge, together with PS Susan Koech of the Ministry of East African Community, denied charges of conspiracy to commit an economic crime, improperly conferring a benefit, abuse of office, committing an offence of financial misconduct, engaging in a project without prior planning and failing to comply with rules and regulations relating to the management of public finances.

The officers have been suspended, even though State House remained mum for the second day on who will replace them as the case begins.

Dr Koech was ordered to deposit Sh6 million cash bail to secure her release.

Chief Magistrate Douglas Ogoti said the Treasury building, where Mr Rotich and Dr Thugge worked, was still a crime scene, and neither of them should set foot there unless accompanied by the investigating officer.

The court also warned the accused against contacting any prosecution witness or tampering with evidence or else their bail terms will be cancelled.

The accused were also required to deposit their passports and other travel documents in court as condition for their release.

DAMS PROJECTS

Former Kerio Valley Development Authority (KVDA) MD 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.

Mr Rotich and Dr Thugge were accused of entering into a commercial loan agreement disguising it as a government-to-government loan guaranteed by the Italian government.

Mr Porcelli, CMC Di Ravenna-Itinera JV and CMC Di Ravenna-Itinera JV Kenya branch, who were not in court, are alleged to have fraudulently acquired billions of shillings from the government.

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