Ex-NEMA Official: Arror, Kimwarer Dams Had Proper Permits

Gideon Rotich was testifying in the Kimwarer, Arror graft case, in which former Treasury Secretary Henry Rotich is charged alongside other officials. 

Former Treasury CS Henry Rotich in Court CYRUS KIMANGA/UZALENDO NEWS

A former National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) staffer has said all internal procedures were followed when issuing permits for the Arror and Kimwarer dams.

Gideon Rotich was testifying in the Kimwarer, Arror graft case, in which former Treasury Secretary Henry Rotich is charged alongside other officials. 

Gideon informed Chief Magistrate Lawrence Mugambi that they granted the Kerio Valley Development Authority two separate licenses for the construction of the Kimwarer and Arror dams. 

He produced the two licenses that had been issued to him while he was at Nema. 

“This is a license for Kimwarer multipurpose issued to KVDA on April 4, 2018, and it was the one to undertake the construction signed by the then CEO,” Gideon explained. 

He also told the court that the licenses were issued with conditions that KVDA was supposed to meet in order to build the dams. 

“These conditions have multiple layers of confirmation that this is not a one-man show.” The conditions qualified by the technical team will be added to the license,” he said. 

The case was continued until December 5 for the witness’s cross-examination. 

Gideon told the court two months ago that he was not prepared to testify in the case and needed more time to prepare. 

He claimed he left Nema and is now working for another entity, so he does not have access to certain documents required for verification. 

The prosecution claimed at the time that there was a plot to interfere with witnesses who were scheduled to testify in the case.

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