Ex-PS Kamau Thugge to testify against his boss in Kimwarer, Arror dams case

By Sheila Mutua On Tue, 12 Jan, 2021 11:22 | < 1 min read
Rotich and Thugge
Former Treasury CS Henry Rotich (right) and his former PS Kamau Thugge at a past function. PHOTO | FILE

Former Treasury Principal Secretary, Dr. Kamau Thugge, will now testify against his former boss, ex-Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich, in the alleged Kimwarer and Arror dams multi-billion shilling scandal.

The Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji, through his deputy Alexander Muteti, asked the court to discharge the former PS and also the former Wildlife PS Susan Kimutahi Koech from the case, saying they will be prosecution witnesses in the matter.

Nairobi Chief magistrate Douglas Ogoti allowed the application by the DPP and ordered their cash bail deposited in court to be returned to the suspects.

The former CS Rotich is among more than 8 others charged with multiple counts including abuse of office, conspiracy to commit an economic crime, conferring a benefit and single-sourcing for the insurance of the projects, and approving payment contrary to the law.

The DPP has also requested the court to allow him one month to produce 18 Italians charged alongside former CS Rotich over Kimwarer dam scandal.

Muteti told the court that they have been liaising with the Italian government over the case.

“Italy was the most hit by Covid-19 so we were not able to process the matter for the appearance of number 8 to 26 [suspects]. We have asked for legal assistance with the government of Italy to help [extradite] the suspects,” said Muteti.

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