Kenyan police have arrested Finance Minister Henry Rotich after the director of public prosecutions announced he would be charged over a dam scandal, the head of the directorate of criminal investigations told Reuters.

The arrest marks the first time a sitting Kenyan minister has been arrested on corruption charges, in a country where graft is widespread. (Reporting by Humphrey Malalo; writing by Katharine Houreld; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

Henry Rotich is accused of flouting procurement procedures in awarding a contract worth over $450m (£405m) for the dam projects to the Italian company CMC de Ravenna.

In March Mr Rotich denied any wrongdoing in a large newspaper advert.

The company has also denied the accusations

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