Rotich wants Arror, Kimwarer scandal charge suspended

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Wednesday October 06 2021

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Ex-Treasury CS Henry Rotich. FILE PHOTO | NMG

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By SAM KIPLAGAT

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  • Aged Treasury CS Henry Rotich wants his trial over the Sh63 billion Kimwarer and Arror dams scandal suspended for some time ready for a petition sooner than the Excessive Court piquant his prosecution.
  • Mr Rotich made the plea Tuesday sooner than Justice Esther Maina.

Aged Treasury CS Henry Rotich wants his trial over the Sh63 billion Kimwarer and Arror dams scandal suspended for some time ready for a petition sooner than the Excessive Court piquant his prosecution.

Mr Rotich made the plea Tuesday sooner than Justice Esther Maina. His trial is slated to originate on October 18.

The mature CS via attorney Jemimah Aluda told the court docket that it would possibly maybe presumably well be prejudicial to desire him via the trial in case the petition is winning. He wants the trial suspended for as a minimal one month.

“The lower court docket topic must be stood over for one month, pending the determination of the judicial evaluate case. The tip outcomes of the judicial evaluate can have an influence on the trial,” she mentioned.

The mature CS has argued that he used to be no longer to blame for procurement of the tenders and that he used to be no longer the accounting officer at Treasury but finest discharged his obligation, at the tail quit of the plan, as required by regulation.

Mr Rotich additionally puzzled why the DPP overlooked key gamers within the deal including mature Licensed knowledgeable General Githu Muigai, solicitor fashioned Njee Muturi and mature Environment CS Judi Wakhungu.

“It is far absurd that the respondents selected to charge me while the Licensed knowledgeable General is no longer charged in this admire. Right here is a signal of selective prosecution that can not stand the take a look at of objectivity and exquisite administrative circulate,” he mentioned in an affidavit.

Mr Haji dropped bills against mature Treasury PS Kamau Thugge and Dr Susan Koech, a mature PS within the ministry Environment, and sought to insist them as watch within the trial against Mr Rotich.

After submitting the petition, Director of Public prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji asked the court docket to blueprint diverse determinations. They comprise whether or no longer a resolution to prosecute a CS is also faulted on narrative of pronouncement by political leaders that have not any connection to the case or the proof readily available to the DPP.

Ms Aluda told Justice Maina that the DPP has additionally made an utility for the case to be run by a bench of better than two judges and pleaded with the Determine to pause the trial, ready for instructions on the bench listening to.

The utility used to be adversarial by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) announcing the utility to quit the trial used to be being made too early. EACC told the court docket that it would possibly maybe maybe maybe be very no longer seemingly that the trial court docket would had been concluded by the level the Excessive Court decides on the judicial evaluate case.

In the petition sooner than the Excessive Court, Mr Haji additionally wants the court docket to search out out whether or no longer CSs are resistant to prison prosecution for acts and omissions at some stage in their obligation.

Mr Haji mentioned diverse courts have given diversified interpretations as to the extent in which they’ll evaluate the resolution to charge graft suspects.

“Only within the near past, some courts have reviewed the DPP’s resolution to charge no longer constant with proof of violation of constitutional powers within the resolution-making course of but constant with ‘lack of ample proof’, factors which must conclusively be run by the trial courts,” he mentioned within the utility.

Mr Haji says the resolution to take a look at graft bills for lack of ample proof has opened a floodgate of litigations, much like the case filed by Mr Rotich.

“The DPP in executing his mandate works at safeguarding the finest interest of the public via prosecution of prison matters, which comprise prosecution of corruption and financial crimes that have resulted in the shortcoming of extensive sums of monies with devastating outcomes to the economy,” he mentioned.

Mr Rotich moved to the Excessive Court questioning why he used to be charged while key gamers, who sanctioned the multi-billion deal were overlooked.

He mentioned the DPP selectively overlooked experts from Environment ministry, who supplied necessary notion sooner than writing to the Treasury, asking for for funding of the 2 dams in Elgeyo Marakwet County.

Mr Rotich mentioned he signed the agreements at the tail quit as piece of his statutory responsibilities and the plan used to be undertaken by the parent ministry and Kerio Valley Construction Authority (KVDA).

He revealed that Ms Wakhungu, who is currently Kenya’s ambassador to France, wrote to the Treasury in March 2016, forwarding the initiatives’ documents for the 2 dams, which integrated the identified financing proposal and requested for presidency borrowing to fund the initiatives on behalf of KVDA.

Justice Maina will give her instructions on October 12.

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