On Thursday, the Milimani High Court denied a petition brought by Henry Rotich, the former Treasury Cabinet Secretary, appealing accusations leveled against him in a fraud case.
The Ex-CS refuted allegations that he was involved in the multi-billion Arror and Kimwarer Dam debacle, which resulted in the loss of billions of shillings under questionable circumstances.
According to a report from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), the court upheld the prosecution’s claims and ordered the hearing to proceed.
“The verdict upheld DPP’s stance that the charges were legitimately brought by the Office, which has the authority to bring criminal charges under Article 157 of the Constitution,” DPP said.
After Rotich’s lawyer Kioko Kilukumi apparently felt unwell during a hearing on March 3, 2022, the case was postponed to June 13 and 14, this year.
Rotich is accused of misappropriating public monies related to the development of the Arror and Kimwarer Multipurpose Development Dam Projects in the stated fraud case.
Rotich and four others have been charged with a slew of charges, including conspiracy to cheat, abuse of office, and failure to comply with various portions of the law while working on contracts that required the Kenyan government to pay Kenya shillings 63 billion for the dams’ construction.
On March 28, 2022, the case will be heard.