DCI, DPP Land in Dubai Over Dam and Gold Scandals

  • Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji and Directorate of Criminal Investigations boss George Kinoti chat with Senate Justice and Legal Affairs Committee chairman Samson Cherargei at Parliament. File
  • DCI boss George Kinoti and Kenya’s head prosecutor Noordin Haji are expected in Dubai on Tuesday in a follow-up investigation on the gold and Dam scandals that have rocked the country in the recent past.

    Ongoing investigations into the stalled Ksh65 billion Arror and Kimwarer dams in Elgeyo Marakwet County had earlier led the duo and other senior officers to Italy.

    The team is also planning a series of meetings with authorities in Dubai over the fake gold scams on the rise in Kenya.

    A photo of the Kamwerer Dam site in Elgeyo Marakwet

    Reports by The Standard indicated that some of the money paid by the treasury for the construction of the dams ended up in private accounts and parts of it would end up being withdrawn in Nairobi.

    For instance, Ksh450 million was wired by the Treasury to Italian firm CMC di Ravenna, the projects' contractor, before it was sent to an account in London then Dubai and later to Nairobi.

    The team also expects to get information on a fake gold syndicate after it emerged that a man claiming to be a member of the Dubai royal family had been swindled by conmen in Kenya.

    Haji and Kinoti have been in Italy since July 11 accompanied by officers from the EACC and the AG’s office where they held a series of meetings.

    The team met officials of the government-owned insurer, Service Assicurativi Del Comercio Estero, which was paid Ksh11.1 billion as an insurance premium for the Ksh65 billion loan to build the two dams.

    This was a government to government deal. However, it has now turned commercial. We cannot secure a loan and pay for the insurance of the same,” claimed an official who sought anonymity.

    They reportedly argued that the country was paying interest on a loan little was known about.

    image of fake gold nuggets in metal boxes