File- Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji (left) with his Criminal Investigations counterpart George Kinoti during the National Council on Administration of Justice meeting in Naivasha last month. [Standard].j

Dams probe files handed over to DPP, as DCI Kinoti fights back after attack by DP Ruto’s allies

The Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti has handed over probe files on Arror and Kimwarer dams’ scandal to Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji.

The Standard, quoting officials aware of the investigation reports that the files that implicated top State officials were taken to Haji’s office at the weekend.

The reports come a day after Mr Kinoti vowed that investigators would not be intimidated by attacks from politicians and declared that those who loot public funds must be prepared to answer for their crimes.

On the dams probe, the DCI has proposed that numerous individuals, including top Government officials, be charged with conspiracy to commit economic crimes, aiding the commission of an economic crime, abuse of office and negligence of official duty.

Under the constitution, a public officer found liable of negligence of official duty could face life imprisonment.

What follows next is a review of the files and evidence by the DPP after which he shall decide whether it is sufficient to prosecute the suspects, and if there are gaps direct further investigations.

Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Mohamed Haji.

Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Mohamed Haji.

National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich, top Kerio Valley Development Authority managers, led by the CEO David Kimosop, and a number of suppliers of goods and services for the construction of the dams are among those who have been questioned.

The developments came a day after Kinoti and Haji on Sunday visited Itare Dam in Nakuru – the next focus for investigators with the two declining to comment on the details of the files, saying they would soon communicate to Kenyans on the way forward.

Itare dam is at the center of a scandal in which the DPP and the DCI disclosed that up to Sh11.5 billion of the Sh28 billion budgeted had been paid to the contractors, yet only about five per cent of the work had been done.

The same Italian contractor – CMC di Ravena – that is supposed to construct Arror and Kimwarer dams in Elgeyo Marakwet County is the recipient of the funds.

Speaking yesterday in the wake of renewed attacks with Kipchumba Murkomen demanding hisimmediate sacking, Kinoti asked politicians to allow investigators space to do their work.

DP Ruto, Kipchumba Murkomen, Oscar Sudi and other leaders

DP Ruto, Kipchumba Murkomen, Oscar Sudi and other leaders

“We are working on the cases, let politicians give us space. I cannot give more information on the cases, as they are under investigation,” Kinoti said yesterday in Lamu during a court service week organised by the office of the DPP.

“As the police department, we are ready to see that mwananchi gets justice. We have the capacity to investigate. Let politicians stop peddling lies to wananchi. The DCI has the powers bestowed onto him by the Constitution to carry out investigations. We are already doing high-profile cases,” he added.

“We are capable of fighting corruption. Let no one lie to Kenyans that the police department cannot fight corruption. We assure Kenyans that we will not be cowed. We will serve Kenyans faithfully and diligently. Anyone caught stealing public funds must be held accountable for their deeds,” said Kinoti.

He challenged the public to remain vigilant and report those who abused their offices to enrich themselves to the DCI.

“There is no officer who is supposed to enrich himself with your property. If there is any who has stolen your land or property, kindly give me the details and I will be the one to act on the case. If a police officer threatens you, do not shy away from reporting him/her, even if they issue threats.” Kinoti asserted.

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