The Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) George Kinoti on 9th December wrote a letter summoning 11 individuals to the DCI headquarters, for interrogation on misappropriation of funds belonging to the public. The directorate cross examined the officers on Monday in an interview that lasted for at least four hours; Meanwhile, the DCI is yet to uncover the mystery behind the 38 billion shillings Itare Dam scandal.
The DCI said that it was investigating the allegations of misappropriation of public funds. It went on to further state that it has already summoned several individuals to record statements on the 16th of December.
CS Eugene Wamalwa Questioning at a Later Date
Nevertheless, the directorate will interrogate Devolution minister CS Eugene Wamalwa, former Finance CS Henry Rotich and Joseph Irungu at a later date in January.
Birthed in 2015 Itare dam project commenced in 2016 thou its progress stopped later on, and this brings us to the big question of the whereabouts of the 38 billion shillings.
Devolution CS Eugene Wamalwa, former water PS Joseph Irungu and CS Henery Rotich; got suspended from the treasury as well as 3 top most officials of the Rift Valley Water Works Development Agency.
The DCI George Kinoti will summon the trio in January for questioning. A source revealed that the investigations taking place will uncover more faces involved in the multi-billion scandal.
And it’s only a matter of time before officers come knocking at their doors.
Among the officials that were summoned on Monday include; Daughter of the late William Ole Ntimama (a former cabinet minister) Lydiah Ntimama, Nemuel Machuk, Ewoi Lochom, David Kinuthia,Samuel Kaaleng,Christine Ndoigo,Chesaino Bartonjo and Julius Lamaoni.
These individuals were in the company’s board as from 2012 to 2015; when the conception of the project took place and began later in 2016.
12 Months short of Fast Approaching Deadline
Despite approaching 2021, there is no visible progress to the project whose target was to be completed by 2021. Furthermore, investigations have shown that no work is ongoing onsite.
Nakuru county residents in Kuresoi North sub-county were to benefit from the dam since it would supply 100,000m cubed per day. There are over 800 000 hopeful residents who could benefit from the project.
The government made an 11 billion shillings payment. However, the dam project stalled at its near 30 percent completion. This was after the contractor went silent. In fact, an Italian firm, CMC di Ravenna filed for bankruptcy; but further disapproved claims that it was responsible for the slow progress of the dam. It went further to explain that due to delays of payments the company had no choice than to suspend the project.
Meanwhile, the DCI has just refuted claims of summoning controversial rap artist King Kaka over his political rant song ” Wajinga Nyinyi” ; which seems to be taking Youtube Views by storm having surpassed the 1 million views mark.