Henry Rotich appeared at the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) to be grilled over 7 billion payments to the Italian contractors that won contract for the controversial construction tender for two dams in Elgeyo Marakwet County .
The government has admitted paying more than Sh20 billion to Italian firm CMC di Ravenna for the construction of Arror and Kimwawer dams, before even work commenced.
On Saturday, Mr Rotich defended his decision to pay the Italian company a down payment of more than Sh7 billion before it even commenced work on the two dam projects.
He maintained that the contracts for the two projects in Elgeyo Marakwet County being undertaken by the cash-strapped CMC di Ravenna are in order.
If his statement is correct, then the Government should be held responsible for releasing mobilization fee before the company moving to site.
Mobilization fee are only released when the contractors show readiness to move to site by way of equipments and site clearing work on progress.
They should also have obtained credit report from at least 2 major credit bureaus to clarify their financial standing.
It is obvious there were irregularities and someone owes tax payers an explanation… The 6 hours the CS was grilled may not be enough considering a fraud of that magnitude and the same requires a commission of inquiry sitting for many days.