The Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji has revealed new developments in the Sh 21 Billion dam scandal, noting that he is shocked by the magnitude of the amounts involved and the range of parties that are of interest to the investigations.
DPP Haji reveals 2 new developments in the Sh 21 Billion dams scandal
DPP issues 2 directives in Dams scandal investigations, admits he is shocked
In a statement released on Friday evening, the DPP revealed that the shocking magnitude of the scandal, wide range of parties that are of interest to investigators has made investigations complex requiring investigators to cover a wide range of areas.
The DPP also stated that a team of prosecutors has been established to work closely with the DCI to ensure that the investigations into the projects were meticulous, comprehensive and expeditiously carried out.
The statement read in part that "I have directed the Director of Criminal Investigations and the technical team to fast track the investigations and in so doing engage our international partners who are willing to assist the country with international aspects of the investigations to unravel any fraudulent activities".
The sacndal has resulted in heated political temperatures with NASA leader Raila Odinga and DP William Ruto clashing severally in public.
According to the statement, investigations will focus on the tendering process, discrepancies in the identities of the parties that bid for the tenders, the winners, those granted the tenders and the executors of the agreements, among other things.
The complex multi-billion scandal will see investigations go beyond Kenya’s borders in a bid to reveal the true identity of those involved.
The DPP noted that the “More crucially we must get a handle on more than Ksh. 21 Billion that has already been paid out, trace where and to whom every shilling has been paid so as to trace and establish any intended corrupt payments if any and the recipients thereof.
This means that an aspect of International Cooperation shall be necessary in unearthing the true identity of the persons behind the entities fronted in the agreements."
Below is the full statement.
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