Former Kerio Valley Development Authority (KVDA) Managing Director David Kimosop has been arrested.
The embattled former MD was arrested Friday morning at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport as he returned from Tanzania on orders from the Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti.
This contradicts information from his lawyer Katwa Kigen, who on Tuesday told the court that his client had travelled to Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of Congo.
He had requested the court to give him more time to present his client for plea-taking.
Addressing the media after an intense interrogation at the DCI Headquarters, his lawyers Felix Kiprono and Ham Lagat said that Kimosop’s arraignment in court had been delayed due to the administrative issues involved and were awaiting for formal processes on Monday where the suspects would take their plea and be released.
However the lawyers said they had filed a revision to challenge the ruling at the High Court set to be heard on Monday on the question of reducing bond terms since some of the accused were unable to raise the bail. Kiprono and Lagat commended the DCI personnel for the exemplary work done on their part.
He was the only high profile suspect in the Sh63 billion Kimwarer and Arror dams’ scandal who had not been arrested.
Immediate former Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich, former Principal Secretaries Kamau Thugge and Susan Koech, and National Environment Management Authority Director-General Geoffrey Wahungu were arrested on Monday and charged on Tuesday in a Nairobi Court.
Meanwhile, East African Community and Regional Development (EAC&RD) Cabinet Secretary Adan Mohammed has appointed Ewaso Ng’iro South Development Authority, (ENSDA) Managing Director Sammy Naporos as the Acting Managing Director of KVDA.
Mohammed also seconded five other senior officers from the ministry and regional authorities to work with the acting MD and KVDA staff to normalize operations of the institution following the recent arrest and arraignment in court of KVDA staff over the Arror and Kimwarer dams’ scandal.
EAC&RD Principal Secretary Dr. Margaret W Mwakima introduced the new acting managing director to the KVDA staff at the authority’s headquarters in Eldoret and assured them of the ministry’s full support as the institution delivers on its development mandate.
Dr. Mwakima unscored the important role KVDA and regional authorities play in their contributions towards national food security which is among the government’s Big 4 agenda.
Immediate former KVDA Managing Director Francis Kipkech with other senior KVDA staff were arrested and arraigned before court over alleged corruption in the Sh63 billion Arror and Kimwarer dam projects in Elgeyo Marakwet County.
The PS said the Government is keen on fostering prudent management of public resources in order to support inclusive economic growth and development.
“While preparing your budget, you carefully scrutinize budget programs to ensure their optimal alignment with the National Development Agenda as outlined in the Third Medium Term Plan (MTP III) of the Vision 2030, the Sustainable Development Goals and the Government priorities under the “Big Four” Plan,” stressed the PS while addressing the KVDA staff.
She challenged the new management to ensure they prioritize their programmes and activities in order to improve efficiency of public investment and to streamline spending so to reduce wastage for the benefits of Kenyans.
During the meeting, the PS was accompanied by the Ministry’s’ Secretary for Administration John K. Chelimo, acting Director Regional Development Maina Kiondo and Human Resource Management and Development Director Albert Mokua among others.