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DPP: Letter listing Ruto as key witness in Arror, Kimwarer Dams case is fake

In the fake letter, Haji purportedly lists Ruto as a prosecution witness in the two cases.

In Summary

• The letter has been doing rounds on social media prompting the DPP to come out and declare it a fake.

• In the fake letter addressed to Ruto, Haji lists Ruto as a prosecution witness after allegedly consolidating two cases in which nine accused persons are charged with conspiring to defraud the government of more than Sh63 billion.

DPP Noordin Haji at a past event.
THE DPP: DPP Noordin Haji at a past event.
Image: FILE

Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji has dismissed a letter purporting to indicate Deputy President William Ruto as a key witness in Arror and Kimwarer case.

The letter has been doing rounds on social media prompting the DPP to come out and declare it a fake.

“The letter circulating on social media is fake. We wish to state that no such letter has been written in relation to the Arror and Kimwarer case,” he said.

In the fake letter addressed to Ruto, Haji lists Ruto as a prosecution witness after allegedly consolidating two cases in which nine accused persons are charged with conspiring to defraud the government of more than Sh63 billion.

“My office will notify you as to the exact date that you will be required to appear in court in person and testify,” part of the fake letter read.

Last week, Haji dropped graft charges against nine accused persons in the Arror and Kimwarer corruption case. 

In a new application filed in court under a certificate of urgency, the DPP produced a charge sheet that has less nine people who had initially been charged alongside former Treasury CS Henry Rotich in the scandal.

The prosecution wants the court to consolidate Rotich's case with that of former Kerio Valley Development Authority (KVDA) boss David Kimosop, who had been charged in a separate file.

According to the application, the consolidation will reduce the number of suspects from 18 to nine.

“That persons against whose names do not appear in the consolidated charge sheet be set free henceforth and their respective cases be deemed as duly terminated under Section 87 (a) of the Criminal Procedure Code," the application says.

The prosecution further said the consolidation of the two files will reduce the number of witnesses from 104 in both cases to 52 in the consolidated matter, which will expedite it.

A month ago, a court file containing documents challenging the prosecution of the managing director of an Italian firm implicated in the Arror and Kimwarer dams saga went missing.

The case had been listed for a mention but failed to proceed because the file could not be traced. The matter had to be placed aside for the file to be located.

Edited by D Tarus