The Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti finalized probe into the Sh21 billion Arror and Kimwarer dams scandal two weeks ago.
In fact, his findings have recommended arresting and charging 22 people led by two Cabinet secretaries and three principal secretaries.
But there was a catch. Just before he could unleash his sleuths to arrest the suspects in the infamous kamata kamata Friday, which he had planned for Easter -he got a call from State House.
In what looks ostensibly as sabotage within the government, a group of MPs, allied to a senior Cabinet official- who is allied to DP William Ruto have obtained a secret dossier implicating a prominent figure close to State House. The group is now using this documentation as leverage to slow down the arrests of those implicated.
A State House official asked the DCI to freeze the arrests.
The Uasin Gishu dams probe split the Jubilee Party right in the middle, with Deputy President William Ruto and his allies accusing DCI chief George Kinoti of being used to wage a political war.
“Selective prosecution targeting predetermined individuals and projects, and steamrolled by a narrative of convenient lies and falsehood and propaganda, is not a fight against corruption. It’s impunity, it’s politics, and it’s headed in the wrong direction,” Ruto thundered on March 9.
A month later, as President Uhuru Kenyatta delivered the State of the nation address, he warned against what he termed vigilante justice.
“I must say that I have been under pressure…[over] who am I sacking,” he said.
“I must, however, caution that the pursuit of the corrupt will be undertaken strictly within the remits of the law —and not through vigilante justice and pitchfork protest,” Uhuru stated.
Investigations into the two unbuilt dams have dragged in powerful names.
They include an influential member of the Cabinet said to have telephoned Trade CS Peter Munya twice and attempted to exert pressure on him to sign documents to release an additional Sh4 billion.
A principal secretary is also reported to have tried to pressure Munya into signing the documents but the CS refused.
Munya declined to sign the documents as he was new to the ministry and had observed there was a lot of pressure from “people” he thought had vested interests in the dams, investigators have said.
On two occasions, the PS had walked into his office and asked if he had signed the documents.
This made Munya suspicious and he decided not to sign the documents.
Instead, Munya wrote to Treasury chief Henry Rotich directing that no funds should be released for the construction of the Arror and Kimwarer dams.
The insider details were revealed to DCI investigators on Tuesday by Munya, the Trade and Industrialization CS, when he recorded statements with the police over the Sh21 billion dams scandal.
It is alleged that after Munya delivered the letter to Treasury with instructions that no money should be released, one part of the country’s executive called him and asked why he had declined to sign the documents.
The top country official is also said to have directed the CS to keep the matter a secret, saying it should be dealt with “within government.”
But after the matter went public thanks to the media-the said wing is now blackmailing State House.
It is not clear if other big names were implicated in the police insurance scandal.
The Parliamentary Accounts Committee had recommended that then-Interior PS Monica Juma be investigated and prosecuted for irregularly awarding the two-year tender to the highest bidder — Pioneer Assurance Company Limited — at Sh1.75 billion.
However, two weeks ago, PAC cleared Juma after discovering the tender was executed during the tenure of ex-PS Mutea Iringo.
“The committee observed that the matter was considered by the House and that the accounting officer in the financial year under review (2014-15) was Mr Mutea Iringo, not ambassador Dr Monica Juma,” the report says.
On April 24 Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro said in Parliament, “We will now demand answers over the police insurance scandal in the Office of the President.”