Kenya: Kerio Dams Saga Suspects Seek to Be Freed On Bail

Defence lawyers for the suspects charged on Tuesday over the multibillion-shilling Kimwarer and Arror dams scandal pleaded with the court to release them on bail saying they would faithfully attend court.

Lawyer Kioko Kilukumi and Kipchumba Murkomen asked Milimani Chief Magistrate Douglas Ogoti to be allowed to address the court on behalf of the defence advocates.

Mr Kilukumi argued that the accused are innocent persons under the law, who seek to be released under reasonable terms unless there is compelling reasons to deny them bail.

Arguing for Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich, the lawyer said he had fully cooperated with the investigators and visited the Directorate of Criminal Investigations offices on seven different occasions spending up to 40 hours with the detectives.

"He has done everything that a suspect can do to help the investigators," he added.

For Treasury Principal Secretary Kamau Thugge, Mr Kilukumi said he was surprised to be arrested since he had not been notified that he was being investigated.

Dr Thugge's counterpart Ms Susan Koech, East Africa Community PS, was on her way to the airport when she got news of the orders of her arrest.

Mr Kilukumi said she cancelled her trip to South Africa.

"They have each and every attention to attend the trial to conclusion," he said.

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