Heavy Police Presence in Rift Valley as Intelligence Tips Government of Possible Violence Following Arrest of Rotich and Co

    Police are on high alert in many parts of the Rift Valley following the arrest of 28 people among them Treasury CS Henry Rotich.

    The alert was issued soon after Haji announced the arrest of Rotich, long-serving PS Kamau Thugge and East Africa Community PS Susan Jemutai over financial misconduct related to the construction of Arror and Kimwarer dams.

    The arrests sparked security fears. Most of those wanted come from Rift Valley and worked for Kerio Valley Development Authority. Yesterday, a security alert was issued in the Rift Valley of possible unrest as Ritich and Kerio Valley Development Authority bigwigs, mainly from the Kalenjin community, spent the night behind bars.

    “The NSIS advice that the region is secured considering its history. So we have deployed sufficiently across in case of any violence,” said a senior police officer based in the Rift Valley regional headquarters.

    However, Haji fired a warning salvo that the government has put in place “mechanism to monitor any such attempts, which will be countered with the whole of government response!”

    In 2007, more than 1,300 people were killed after clashes broke out in the region following disputed presidential elections.

    On Monday, the DPP issued a tough warning to anyone planning to cause violence.

    “Being cognizant that corruption always fights back and that there may be elements who may seek to exploit these indictments to instigate social unrest, we have put in place mechanisms to monitor any such attempts, which will be countered with the whole of government response,” he said

    Haji placed Rotich at the center of the alleged sleaze meant to siphon billions from the Sh63 billion dam projects and laid bare how Rotich allegedly masterminded a process that flouted all procurement rules in the book and abused his oath of office to ensure that the ‘lucrative deal’ goes through.

    “Under the guise of carrying out legitimate commercial transactions colossal amounts were unjustifiably and illegally paid out through a well-choreographed scheme by government officers in collusion with private individuals and institutions,” Haji stated.

    To realize their end, a number of procurement procedures guiding such projects were ignored and the law circumvented to hand over the multi-billion tender to Italian based company CMC di Ravennna.

    Kerio Valley Development Authority which inked the deal with Italian firm, it emerged, chose Public Procurement and Disposal Act 2005 for the concession agreements despite the fact that the law in 2013 prescribed Public Private Partnership.

    In yet another move to siphon taxpayers’ money, Haji said, Treasury entered into a facility contract in Euros while commercial contracts were in USD which he said  occasioned massive loss to the government through exchange rates.

    The DPP also said Treasury released a further Sh643 million which was intended to resettle persons that would be affected by compulsory acquisition of their land.

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