- 19 Italian contractor CMC di Ravenna directors fail to turn up in court to take a plea
- Court drops case against two senior Treasury officials charged with breach of trust
Former Treasury CS Henry Rotich and ex-PS Kamau Thugge on Thursday took a fresh plea on corruption charges alongside five other co-accused in the Arror and Kimwarer dams case.
Others who took a fresh plea were former PS Susan Koech, former KVDA boss David Kimosop and former Treasury officials Kennedy Nyachiro, Jackson Njau and Titus Muriithi.
However, Richard Malebe - an alleged CMC di Ravenna Kenyan director - and 18 other Italian directors were not present to take a plea as expected.
The charges were read out to them the second time after the charge sheets were consolidated.
In the first charge, it is alleged that they jointly conspired to defraud the state by entering into the construction and development of Arror multipurpose and Kimwarer dams, a project they knew was not approved.
They were also charged with willful failure to comply with procurement laws. They also denied other counts of abuse of office, engaging in a project without prior planning and committing financial misconduct
The directors of CMC Di Ravenna who were not present in court face another charge of fraudulently acquiring public property as advance payment for the construction and development of the Arror multipurpose dam project from the National Treasury knowing that they were not entitled to the payment.
Special prosecutor Ali Taib applied to court to drop the charges for two accused persons Bernard Gibet and Livingstone Bumbe who had been charged with breach of trust.
Chief magistrate Douglas Ogoti allowed the application and withdrew the charges against the two accused persons.
They were senior officials at the National Treasury and it had been alleged that they breached the trust bestowed upon them.
The case will be mentioned on November 27 when the accused who were not present will appear in court to take a plea.