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Ex Ps Thugge to testify against former CS Rotich in Aror, Kimwarer dams case

Former Treasury Permanent Secretary (PS) Kamau Thugge will now testify against his former boss, ex Finance Cabinet Secretary (CS) Henry Rotich, in the multibillion Aror and Kimwarer dams scandal.

The latest comes after the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Noordin Hajji dropped charges against Thugge and Former Wildlife PS Susan Koech in a deal that now makes the two state witnesses in the case.

Through Senior Assistant DPP Alexander Muteti, the DPP had filed an application asking the court to drop all charges against the two; Thugge and Koech.

Chief Magistrate Douglas Ogoti granted the application and ordered the cash bail deposited in court to be refunded.

The DPP has asked the court to grant him one month to produce 18 Italian nationals charged alongside former CS Rotich in the Aror and Kimwarer dam scandal.

Former CS Rotich was charged together with Thugge, Koech and other Kenyan officials and Italian nationals on multiple counts, including conspiracy to defraud, abuse of office, failure to comply with set procurement laws, and engaging in national projects without prior planning.

In an initial court appearance, DPP Hajji said investigations revealed a mass abuse of office by the convicts to ensure the heist was a success.

“The investigations initially established that government officials flouted all procurement rules and abused their oath of office to ensure the scheme went through,” the DPP said.

The case will be mentioned on February 15, 2020.

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