Kenya: Government Officials Arrested On Corruption Charges
In Kenya several government officials have been arrested in relation to corruption charges including the country’s minister of finance Henry Rotich.
The order for the arrests came from Kenya’s Director of Public Prosecution Noordin Haji on the back of an investigation into allegations concerning the planned construction of the Arror and Kimwarer dams.
Italian firm CMC de Ravenna was contracted to build the two dams at a cost of more than $450 million. While a large amount of money was released by the Treasury for the projects there has been little to show for it and Haji claims that it has been established that the process has been riddled with illegalities.
Rotich has been charged with ten financial crimes, including fraud and abuse of office. He has pleaded not guilty and been released on bail. While Rotich has not resigned his government position there is speculation that President Kenyatta may fire him, having earlier this year stated that officials charged with corruption should resign.
According to Kenya’s auditor general Kenya loses around half of its annual budget to corruption.