Monday June 8, 2020 – Deputy President William Ruto has been cleared of any involvement in the high-profile Arror and Kimwarer dams scandal that rocked the ruling Jubilee Party mid last year.
Speaking yesterday, Director of Public Prosecutions, Noordin Haji, said that the Kimwarer and Arror scandal has nothing to do with the Deputy President but loans that were taken to the detriment of the people of Kenya.
Ruto had long been suspected and sometimes accused of taking part in the alleged theft of public funds, that saw the arrest and subsequent prosecution of former Treasury CS Henry Rotich, PS Kamau Thugge and 26 other Government officials.
While explaining why the case had taken too long to move forward, Haji noted that legal processes are underway to ensure that there are no more hurdles for the persecution.
The twenty-seven Government officials are facing 24 charges among them abuse of office and conspiracy to defraud.
In particular, former Treasury Cabinet Secretary, Henry Rotich, and his former Principal Secretary, Kamau Thugge, were charged with abuse of office.
Rotich, Thugge and other entities allegedly entered into a commercial loan facility agreement disguising it as a Government to Government loan guaranteed by the Italian Government.
Haji says that he is not after anyone at the Deputy President’s office because the Treasury has always been under the President himself.
The DPP highlighted that other countries have been helpful in offering new information in order to hasten the case that has been dragging.
“Remember this is a very complex case, we have also applied a lot of Mutual Legal Systems to a number of countries that is the UK and Italy and it is giving us a lot of leads in terms of the funds.”
“Probably where they have been stashed or who was given what, that is still something that we are refining but the case has been delayed because of the many applications before the High Court,” noted Haji.
The Kenyan DAILY POST