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Arror and Kimwarer: Witness Tells Court Uhuru Kenyatta Participated in Approving Concept Paper

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  • Charity Mui confirmed that others who signed the implementation papers before the projects were advertised for bidding were John Michuki and Fred Gumo
  • Lawyer Katwa Kigen representing Henry Rotich, tasked Charity Mbui, a former procurement officer at KVDA, to confirm a letter signed by Uhuru Kenyatta
  • Before the August 9 polls, William Ruto vowed he would continue the Arror and Kimwarer dam projects to completion in the event he was elected president

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A former procurement officer at the Kerio Valley Development Authority (KVDA) has confirmed that former president Uhuru Kenyatta took part in the conceptualisation of the Kimwarer and Arror Dam projects while serving as Finance minister on August 4, 2009.

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Uhuru Kenyatta (c) received the Kimwarer and Arror dam projects report. Photo: State House, Kenya. Source: Twitter

Charity Mui confirmed that others who signed the implementation papers before the projects were advertised for bidding were former Cabinet ministers John Michuki (Environment) and Fred Gumo (Regional Development Authority).

Katwa Kigen takes on Charity Mui

Mui is the first witness to be cross-examined in the KSh 63 billion scandals that began in November 2021.

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The case continued on Tuesday, September 20, before Chief Magistrate Lawrence Mugambi.

Defence lawyer Katwa Kigen representing former National Treasury Cabinet secretary Henry Rotich, tasked Mbui, a former procurement officer at KVDA, to confirm a letter signed by Uhuru.

At the time, Uhuru was the deputy prime minister and Finance minister alongside two of his other colleagues.

The projects in Elgeyo Marakwet county were to be aligned with Vision 2030.

"I understand that the other guide in implementing the projects was Vision 2030," said Katwa.

45 witnesses to appear in court

Katwa also probed while charges against Mui were dropped, and her status changed to a prosecution witness in plea bargaining.

A total of 45 witnesses are lined up for the Arror and Kimwarer Dams scandal case.

In the run-up to the August 9 General Election, President William Ruto said he would continue the Arror and Kimwarer dam projects to completion in the event he is elected president.

William Ruto's name in the scandal

The multi-billion shilling twin projects became a matter of national concern after it emerged the funds allocated there were dissipated.

Ruto is among the national figures who had been widely mentioned by his opposers in the scandal until the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji clarified that his name was not in the case file.

On Monday, July 25, in Elgeyo Marakwet county, where he camped for his presidential campaigns, Ruto noted the benefits of the projects, which he asserted would benefit locals if implemented.

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Source: TUKO.co.ke

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