At the height of the Arror and Kimwarer dams scandal, politicians allied to President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga insisted that DP William Ruto is responsible for the loss of billions of shillings.
The DP has been on the receiving end even after DPP Noordin Haji in an interview with one of the local TV stations said that Ruto was a clean man.
It has now emerged that the government was paid Sh16.2 billion by Italian bank Intesa San Paolo for Arror and Kimwarer dams at the height of investigations into corruption allegations.
The money was sent to Treasury in 2019 immediately former Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich was arrested and relieved of his duties after his name was widely mentioned in the scandal.
According to a report by the Business Daily, records show that the money was wired in July 2019.
Effectively, the arrest of Rotich and other suspects did not stop Intesa San Paolo from releasing additional debt for the project.
The report further says that another Sh3.4 billion was wired in July 2019.
Consequently, President Uhuru Kenyatta cancelled the projects in September 2019.
The president was acting on a report from a technical committee formed following the discovery of irregularities and improprieties surrounding the two mega infrastructure projects.
Prosecutors say Mr Rotich allegedly aided a Sh11 billion irregular offshore payment to an Italian insurance firm entangled in a suspect loan deal to finance the construction of Arror and Kimwarer dams, triggering concerns about kickbacks to officials involved in the projects.
Court filings by Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji allege that Mr Rotich facilitated direct payment of the amount to Italy’s SACE Insurance contrary to the law, which requires that all payments are processed through the consolidated account in Kenya.
It was alleged that Rotich pushed to bypass wiring the cash to the consolidated fund in order to facilitate bribes and kickbacks.
The question now is, was the Arror and Kimwarer dam project a conduit for painting the DP corrupt?
Who is really behind the machinations that saw billions of shillings lost after the President cancelled the project?