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Uhuru’s Finance CS acquitted in Kimwarer graft case for lack of evidence » Capital News


NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 14 — The Anti-Corruption Court in Nairobi has cleared former Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich and eight others of graft allegations in the Sh63billion Arror and Kimwarer dams scandal.

While discharging the nine, Magistrate Eunice Nyutu Thursday termed the acquittal “prosecution-led” expressing her frustration for the “reckless dereliction of duty” by the Public Prosecutor.

She said the accused persons had no case to answer and could not be placed on defense based on the evidence that was provided in court.

The prosecution only called 8 of the 49 witnesses they had lined up, the court noted..

“This would appear to be a prosecution led acquittal. All the accused persons in this case are whereby a quite sunder section 201 due to lack of evidence as a result of the reckless dereliction of duty by the prosecution,” said Nyutu.

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations detained then Cabinet Secretary in President Uhuru Kenyatta’s government, his Principal Secretary Kamau Thugge, and seven others in July 2019 and subsequently arraigned them in court on allegations of embezzling funds intended for the two dams.

Rotich filed for acquittal on November 20 saying the prosecution had failed to prove allegations against him.





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