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Stalled Ksh19 Billion Itare Dam Threatens Water CS Simon Chelugui’s Job

Water CS Simon Chelugui. [PHOTO/ COURTESY]

Water and Irrigation Cabinet Secretary Simon Chelugui spent the better part of today, Wednesday December 4 at the offices of the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) being grilled about stalled Itare Dam.

Itare dam was meant to benefit at least 800,000 people in Nakuru, Kuresoi, Molo and Rongai and cost taxpayers at least Ksh19 billion, but has since stalled.

It is reported that billions have been lost in the project in flawed procurement process, litigation and compensation.

Already, at least Ksh11.5 billion has been spent on the stalled project, but there is little to show for the money.

Read: PA To CS Simon Chelugui Charged With Defiling Chelugui’s 16-Year Old Daughter

In case the DCI prefers charges against Chelugui, he might be suspended by the President just like it happened to former Treasury CS Henry Rotich over Arror and Kimwarer dam where 26 people were charged.

The current contractor, CMC di Ravena, has filed for bankruptcy, even as Chelugui contemplates sub-contracting to a third party to finish the work.

The Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji and DCI George Kinoti have already toured the place, and according to them, only 10 per cent of the work had been done. Sleuths have confiscated up to 70 cars seconded to the company, even as the probe intensifies.

Construction of the 57-metre-high dam with 28 million-cubic-metre storage started on April 6, 2017.

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Francis Muli

Written by Francis Muli

Senior reporter at Kahawa Tungu, Muli has a passion for human interest stories. He believes in unearthing societal rots that have been hidden from the public eye. He has also carved himself a niche in writing business stories. He has worked for various organisations including Kenya Television Service, Business Today among others. Follow him on Twitter @FmuliKE.
Email: mulifranc2@gmail.com

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