Anyone can be arrested if Thugge, Rotich can be

In Summary

• Dams price inflated by Sh17 billion; Sh19 billion paid out: and Euro 40 million borrowed.

• The Treasury CS and PS literally ran the economy between them

Yesterday the DPP, Noordin Haji, ordered the arrest of Treasury CS Henry Rotich and his PS Kamau Thugge over the Kimwarer and Arror dams scandal.

A total of 28 officials and entities are to be charged for flouting procurement rules. 


Haji in a statement yesterday said that the price of the dams had been inflated by Sh17 billion; Sh19 billion had already been paid out; and 40 million euro had been borrowed to fund the project. The possible losses are substantial.

These dams would have helped farmers to irrigate and develop their land but there were clearly serious failings in procurement. Someone must be held accountable.

It is earth-shattering that Thugge and Rotich have been arrested. They literally ran the economy between them. They were both trusted by the President so the message must now be that no corrupt official is safe. If they can be arrested, anyone can be arrested.

The courts should not be pushed to arrive at a verdict but they should not delay either. This case may mark a watershed in the future of Kenya.

Quote of the day: "The art of war is simple enough. Find out where your enemy is. Get at him as soon as you can. Strike him as hard as you can, and keep moving on."

Ulysses S. Grant
The American general and 18th US President died on July 23, 1885