DP Ruto promises to build Arror and Kimwarer dams once elected president

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In the current election, one of the political commitments that Deputy President William Ruto and his major rival Raila Odinga are using to court voters in the North Rift area is to bring back Arror and Kimwarer. Raila Odinga is Ruto’s primary opponent.

Just a few days ago, Mr. Odinga of the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition promised residents of Baringo, Elgeyo Marakwet, and West Pokot counties that if elected, his government will bring life to the two megaprojects. On Monday, Deputy President Ruto stated that he is determined to see the projects through to their conclusion.

The DP said during his speech at Iten, which took place in Elgeyo Marakwet County, that political interference caused the building of the Arror and Kimwarer dams to be halted.

According to him, the two dams, once finished, would give a solution to the water problems that have been plaguing the area and will also make it possible to irrigate agricultural land with water.

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After investigations uncovered fraudulent arrangements, in September of 2019, President Uhuru Kenyatta decided to scrap the multi-million shilling Arror and Kimwarer dams projects that were scheduled to be built in Elgeyo-Marakwet.

In the case of the dam fraud, the former Cabinet Secretary for the National Treasury, Henry Rotich, and his Principal Secretary (PS), Kamau Thugge, along with four other individuals, were charged with conspiracy to defraud and abuse of office, which led to a loss of 63 billion Kenyan Shillings in 2019.