Barely a day after the director of public prosecutions Noordin Haji ordered for a three-judge bench to hear and determine the case filed by former treasury cabinet secretary Henry Rotich, challenging his prosecution over the multi-billion Aror and Kimwarer dams scandal, vivid and mind-boggling details of how the scandal was executed have emerged.
In the new wake of the dams scandal case, Robert Wafula Buke, a former political detainee and died-in-the-wool activist, who once served as ODM director of political affairs and strategy before he was ejected from office unceremoniously in 2019, has made chilling revelations on how the multi-billion loot exchanged hands and finally found way into DP William Ruto’s bank account in Barclays Bank Westlands branch.
Buke, a fierce Ruto critic run the chilling episode on his Facebook timeline where he noted that DP Ruto targeted the department of irrigation which was under CS Eugene Wamalwa is ministry of water and irrigation that had been allocated a whooping 65 million in the 2016/2017 financial year.
To kick-start his racketeering exploit, Ruto allegedly pushed for changes in the cabinet immediately the money was made available by the ministry of treasury under cabinet secretary Henry Rotich.
The changes saw Eugene Wamalwa taken to the devolution ministry and Mr. Simon Chelugui appointed as the new cabinet secretary for water and irrigation in 2018.
Mr. Simon Chelugui
The new CS allegedly helped in the transfer of about 75% of 65.8 billion to Italy in collaboration with CS Rotich of Treasury even before the project took off. When that was completed, Buke claims Ruto went to Rome, Italy in December 2018 accompanied by Mr. Muge and transferred about 6.5B to London then to Barclays Bank Westland Branch.
The branch’s manager is now under probe to reveal names of those who withdrew the loot.
On his return from Italy, Ruto allegedly transferred irrigation department to the Ministry of Agriculture headed by Mwangi Kiunjuri to absolve the new CS just incase the racket is discovered, making it easy for the new CS to blame Eugene Wamalwa.
Further, Ruto recommended KVDA as the implementing agency of the two dams and immediately re-constituted its 9-member board which was 100% Kalenjins.
Since KVDA is falling under the ministry of East Africa Affairs &Regional Development which is way off the radar of ministry of water and irrigation and that of Agriculture, the racketeers identified a societal project that is in the hearts of many and went around marketing Arror and Kimwarer dams and the locals accepted it.
Abandoned Kimwarer dam site in Elgeyo Marakwet
That was done to buy trust and offered a soft ground for figures to be floated and finally accepted by Uhuru Kenyatta
The field was now leveled and through Ruto’s influence, proxies and under covers were plotted and confusion in ministries’ accountabilities interfered with and the money disappeared.
The Italian company, CMC RAVENA was thereafter awarded 5 Dam Contracts of Arror, Kimerer,Etare,Radat,Marigot and Kithinu in Nkubu of Meru County. Interestingly, out of these dams, it is only Etare Dam which was abandoned at 43% completion and the rest remain white elephant projects.
Aror dam site
Out of Ruto’s well designed scheme, Buke claims that CS Chelugui and Rotich denied involvement and passed the ball to Eugene Wamalwa and Mwangi Kiunjuri of Agriculture(who has since been fired)under whose docket the empty shell of Irrigation department was moved.
William Samoei Ruto thereafter gave an okay to the proposal of CMC RAVENA to go for bankruptcy and vacate the country urguing that there is a bank guarantee to take care of the mess.
Political activist and Moi-regime detainee Robert Wafula Buke
According to Buke, those were the gaps William Samoei Ruto exploited and played chase, shifting of roles, cabinet reshuffles and transfer of departments to protect key actors in the saga. Money transfer from Kenya to Italy then London before wired back to Barclays Bank Westland Branch to secret places believed to be in his Rift Valley backyard.