Ex-KVDA boss Kimosop arrested at JKIA upon arrival from Tanzania

Ex-KVDA boss Kimosop arrested at JKIA upon arrival from Tanzania

David Kimosop, the former Kerio Valley Development Authority (KVDA) managing director, was arrested at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport upon arrival from Tanzania on Friday morning.

He had been given until Friday to report to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations offices (DCI) after former Treasury CS Henry Rotich and his PS Kamau Thugge were arrested and charged.

“Mr. David Kipchumba Kimosop the MD of KVDA who is wanted for corruption charges relating to Arror and Kimwarer Dams scam was early today (Friday) arrested at JKIA on arrival from Tanzania following a STOP order placed by DCI. He is currently in lawful custody awaiting arraignment,” the Directorate of Criminal Investigations said.

The Director of Public Prosecution Noordin Haji ordered his arrest after it was found that KVDA disregarded public procurement laws resulting in massive loss of public funds.

“KVDA management failed to comply with the principle of value for money which demands that there be competition amongst suppliers, efficiency and effectiveness in the procurement process, fairness and non-discrimination, integrity, transparency and accountability,” the DPP said.

He further noted that an alleged contract between KVDA and the controversial Italian firm CMC di Ravenna stated the two dams would cost taxpayers  Ksh. 46billion but investigations revealed that Treasury negotiated for Ksh. 17billion more.

CMC di Ravenna only submitted technical designs in February this year, 4 years after entering into an alleged contract with KVDA.

The Italian firm has since filed for bankruptcy.

Kimosop is facing charges of conspiracy to defraud the Kenyan Government, abuse of office, engaging in a project without further planning, among others.

Former Treasury CS Henry Rotich and his PS Kamau Thugge denied the charges when they appeared in court on Tuesday and were released on Ksh. 15million cash bail and Ksh. 50million bond.

In total, 28 suspects are to be prosecuted over the Arror-Kimwarer dams scandal.