The Directorate of Criminal Investigations has summoned 11 people amongst them is Ms Lydia Ntimama, daughter of former Cabinet minister William ole Ntimama and former board members of Rift Valley Water Works Development Agency ( RVWWDA) over graft in Sh38bn Itare Dam project.
“The DCI is currently investigating allegations into the misappropriation of public funds in the construction of the Itare Dam. We have summoned the individuals to record statements on December 16. The following listed suspects who are connected with the ongoing investigations are hereby compelled to report to the DCI Headquarters Serious Crime Block B on Monday December 16, 2019 without fail,” DCI’s statement released yesterday stated.
Among those summoned include Christine Ndoigo, David Kinuthia, Chesaina Bartonjo, Julius Lamaoni, Nemuel Machuki, Ewoi Lochom and Samuel Kaaleng, all former board members of the Rift Valley Water Works Development Agency.
Engineer FK Kyengo, Barrack Amolo and David Yatich, all government officials in the Ministry of Water and Sanitation were also summoned by the DCI.
This comes a week after Water Cabinet Secretary Simon Chelugui was grilled by the DCI over the failed multi-billion dam projects in the Rift Valley.
The fraudulent Itare Dam was Uhuru and Ruto’s flagship water supply projects under Vision 2030, which they lied that was supposed to yield 100,000 cubic metres of water per day.
Italian company, CMC di Ravenna, that was constructing the dam filed for bankruptcy in a court in Ravenna, Italy. The construction of the project that was to be completed in 2021.
On July 15, 2015, the National Treasury signed a loan agreement with Italian financiers BNP Paribas Fortis and Intesa Sanpaolo for the project’s funding. Taxpayers have paid Sh11 billion for the project, which stalled before even it was 30 per cent done.