Kenyan finance minister arrested on graft charges


Kenyan Finance Minister Henry Rotich has been arrested over alleged corruption related to the construction of two dams in the country.

The allegations stem from a police investigation into the misuse of funds in a dam project overseen by the Italian construction company CMC Di Ravenna.

Director of public prosecutions Noordin Haji said Rotich would be charged with “conspiracy to defraud, failure to comply with guidelines relating to procurement” among other things.

Haji said, “this kind of crime… enslaves us with unnecessary debt and mortgages our future generations”.

“The persons we are charging today… deliberately breached (the public’s) trust… they ensured the funds did not come into the consolidated fund – guaranteeing no-one had oversight over its use.

“Colossal amounts were unjustifiably and illegally paid out through a well-choreographed scheme by government officers in collusion with private individuals and institutions,” he added.

The minister will be charged along with 27 other people, including Italian Paolo Porcelli, the director of CMC di Ravenna; and Rotich’s number two at the ministry, Kamau Thugge, the principal secretary.

Rotich denied any wrongdoing in a large newspaper advertisement in March. The company has also denied any wrongdoing.

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