Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich and his Permanent Secretary Kamau Thugge will be released on a Sh50million (US$500,000) bond or cash bail of Sh15m ($150,000) each in the high-profile KES63bn ($630m) mega-dams corruption case, the court has ruled.
The two are among 27 who have been charged by the Director of Public Prosecutions with conspiring to defraud the State of billions meant for the construction of two multi-purpose dams in Elgeyo Marakwet County.
Chief Magistrate Douglas Ongoti further ordered the accused to surrender all their travel documents to court before they are released.
They have also been asked to stay away from their respective government offices.
“The places of work of the accused are considered scenes of crime and they should keep away,” Mr. Ongoti said.
“If there is need to visit their places of work, that should be done in the company of the IO (Investigating Officer).”
The court further ordered the accused not to interfere with witnesses or evidence or risk cancellation of bail. This would lead to detention in remand until the case is determined.
Former KVDA chief executive David Kimosop and his two co-accused were given a bond of KES50million with a surety of similar amount or a cash bail of Sh12m. The court noted that the amounts lost at the corporation in the saga ran into 93million euros (Sh10bn).
The other accused were granted bond of Sh5m with similar surety or cash bail of Sh2m.