Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen claims that Directorate of Criminal Investigations boss George Kinoti is being used to frustrate DP Ruto’s 2022 presidential bid.
The outspoken senator who was speaking with Citizen TV’s Yvonne Okwara alleged that Mr Kinoti was being ‘used’ to paint the deputy president as corrupt, and consequently dim his chances of ever becoming president.
He went further to explain that there exists a coalition of cartels that is working to paint DP Ruto and the Kalenjin community as corrupt to advance selfish political agendas.
“I feel that all the campaign that have been going around on social media and the media that Kalenjins are corrupt is being engineered by cartels to scuttle DP Ruto’s 2022 bid,”Murkomen said in part.
His statement came just a day after news of a fresh scandal in which KSh. 21 billion meant for the construction of Arror and Kimwarer Dams in Elgeyo Marakwet County disappeared.
Murkomen argued that Mr Kinoti does not have any information on how the construction of the two dams was being handled, and therefore, his input was misplaced.
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“I urge the DCI before he embarks on any investigations of this nature, they should engage experts with the necessary knowledge on how these types of contracts work,” Murkomen said in part.
While explaining how an Italian company was paid over 7 billion as advance payment, Murkomen said that it was clearly agreed in on the contracts before work commenced that 15% of the projects cost would be paid to the contractor.
The payment, Murkomen explained, was enable the contractor to mobilize the equipment and the designs of the two dam projects as outlined in the contracts.
Further in a statement posted on his social media, Murkomen raised concern that the construction of the two dams had attracted undue attention from the media and the DCI while there were other projects across the country that were more expensive and had taken a longer time to commence.
He gave an example of the Raw water and treated pipeline from Thika Dam to Kigoro and Gigiri- a KSh. 6 billion project- whose contractors had received an advance payment of KSh 1.2 billion but was yet to commence work.