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DP Ruto off the hook in Arror and Kimwarer dams saga

[DPP Noordin Haji. Photo/Courtesy].

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji has delinked Deputy President William Ruto to the Arror and Kimwarer corruption cases, saying there is totally no evidence linking him up with the corruption scandal.

This is despite Ruto’s opponents linking him to the alleged mega scandal that saw Kenya lose billions of shillings.

During a morning show on NTV Wednesday, Haji revealed that Ruto’s name does not appear anywhere in the case file on the Kimwarer dam case.

He said his office has been pursuing the Kimwarer case to see its end.

“From where I am sitting, there is no evidence against the DP Ruto, and the file in court does not have his name, and that does not mean I am siding with anybody, I am just being factual” said DP Haji.

The multi-billion shilling Arror and Kimwarer dams projects in Elgeyo-Marakwet County was cancelled by President Uhuru Kenyatta, in September 2019 after investigations found to have been overpriced and that the project is neither technically nor financially viable.

Former Treasury CS Henry Rotich, his PS Kamau Thugge alongside four others were charged in court with corruption counts including conspiracy to defraud and abuse of office, which resulted in the loss of Ksh.63 billion in 2019.

Haji charged 24 individuals in relation to the scandal but has now terminated charges against 15 including former Treasury PS Kamau Thugge and former East Africa Community PS Susan Jemutai Koech, after they agreed to be prosecution witnesses.

ODM leader and his allies have always accused the DP and his allies of halting the construction of the multi-billion shilling Arror and Kimwarer dam following the scandal.

In February 2019, Ruto denied claims that Sh21 billion was lost in the Arror and Kimwarer multi-purpose dam projects in Elgeyo-Marakwet saying only Sh7 billion was in question.