– Ouko said Cabinet approved integrated multi-purpose dam project in Arror, Elgeyo-Marakwet
– He noted there was, however, no evidence to show the Cabinet also approved Kimwarer project
– The auditor general also implicated Kerio Valley Development Authority (KVDA) in the scandal
It has now emerged the scandalous multi-billion Kimwarer dam project in Elgeyo-Marakwet county was never approved by the Cabinet.
The mega project estimated to be worth KSh 22.5 billion has been a subject of high level probe that has seen Treasury Cabinet secretary Henry Rotich and other high-ranking state officials arrested, arraigned, suspended and some even sacked.
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A report tabled in Parliament by Auditor General Edward Ouko in August 2019 revealed although the Cabinet approved the Arror dam project, it did not do so for the Kimwarer dam.
“The Cabinet approved development of the Arror Integrated Multi-Purpose Project according to the memorandum of December 3, 2008.
There was no evidence to show that the Kimwarer multipurpose project was (also) approved by the Cabinet,” Ouko said in the report for the financial year ended June 2018.
The auditor general pointed accusing fingers at Kerio Valley Development Authority (KVDA) noting that the authority did not bother to issue notice of expression of interest for the Kimwarer project and therefore flouted procurement rules .
He further disclosed the costly Kimwarer project was not captured in the annual procurement plan for the year ended June 30, 2018, in violation of section 43 (3) of Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Act, 2015.
The graft-ridden dam was to be constructed to boost production of hydro-electricity and irrigation within Elgeyo-Marakwet county and also help mitigate perennial challenges of drought in the region to boost food production .
Project kicked off in December 2017, but almost two years later, no work had began at the construction sites, yet some KSh 21 billion had already been spent as per the preliminary investigations by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI).
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