US Ambassador to Kenya Kyle McCarter has once again waded into the corruption debate urging the country’s leadership to set their priorities right.
Speaking during a tour to Baringo county, McCarter
“Wouldn’t it be great to have today all the dams that were promised?” he asked, “we would have collected enough water for the next few years.”
In what is seen to be a reaction to the controversial Arror and Kimwarer dam saga, Ambassador McCarter warned leaders
” I think that goes to the thievery, we can’t allow it because it takes away the potential prosperity from the people,” he added.
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Already, Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich and his Principal Secretary Kamau Thugge are under investigations over the loss of Ksh21 billion meant for the construction of Arror and Kimwarer dams.
The monies are said to have been irregularly released to an Italian firm which was ineligible for the tender in the first place.
While a disbursement of about 30 per cent of the project’s total cost had been made, no tangible work had been done on the site.
Another Ksh643 million would also be released to compensate the residents of Elgeyo-Marakwet affected by the dam’s construction but documents indicating the payments were missing.