KFS had issue with construction of Aror and Kimwarer dams, court told

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Former Treasury CS Henry Rotich. Photo/Courtesy

A National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) employee has told court that the Kenya Forest Service had an issue with the construction of Aror and Kimwarer dams.

Gedion Rotich told Chief Magistrate Lawrence Mugambi that the project started with a report  on environmental  impact  assessment  which was dispatched to the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, KFS, Ministry  of Water and Kerio Valley Development  Authority (KVDA).

The court heard that KFS had an issue  with the construction  of the dams due to  destruction  of the forest and therefore, halted  the commencement of the project.

The multi-billion dams were allocated 570 hectares of land after.

According to Gedion, KFS later changed its position and gave provisional  conditions to KVDA in 2018. The conditions included  the start  of reforestation  at the surrounding  area where  the dams were  to be constructed. 

He added that KVDA was commissioned  to ensure  resettlement  of the locals and subsequent compensation. 

In the case, former Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich is charged alongside nine others with the Sh 63 billion dam case.

Some of the co-accused include former Chief Economist Kennedy Nyakundi, former Kerio Valley Development Authority boss David Kimosop and former National Environment Management Authority Managing Director Geoffrey Wahungu

The hearing will continue on 5th December 2022.