The ghosts of the Sh68 billion Kimwarer and Arror dams scandal now stand between President Uhuru Kenyatta’s nominee and a plum job at the National Cohesion and Integration Commission.
Former Kerio Valley Development Authority board chairman Samuel Kona-the Board which approved the two scandal-ridden projects-was at pains to explain his role in awarding the contracts that led to the loss of billions in the project.
Kona served as the chairman of KVD board from 2013 to last year and oversaw the project now under investigation from inception to awarding contracts.
Appearing before the National Cohesion and Equal Opportunity committee chaired by nominated MP Maina Kamanda, Kona admitted to having played part in approving the multi-billion contract but maintained the board issued appropriate advice to the government on its feasibility.
He also admitted to having been investigated by DCI officers over the twin-dams scandal but was quick to absolve himself and the board from any wrongdoing.
“There was no money that was lost when I was chairman of KVDA. The board has no role in the issuance of contracts and as a matter of fact, I did not sign any contract. I am confident as a board we provided the necessary leadership.”