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Kidero wants EACC bid to recover Sh14m struck out

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Former Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero in a Nairobi court on August 22, 2018. PHOTO | PAUL WAWERU

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Summary

  • Former Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero has asked the High Court to strike out a case by the anti-graft watchdog seeking to recover Sh14.4 million allegedly paid to him.
  • Making the application before High Court Judge Esther Maina yesterday, Mr Kidero said it was an abuse of the court process for the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) to seek to recover money, which does not exist.

Former Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero has asked the High Court to strike out a case by the anti-graft watchdog seeking to recover Sh14.4 million allegedly paid to him from funds said to have been stolen from City Hall.

Making the application before High Court Judge Esther Maina yesterday, Mr Kidero said it was an abuse of the court process for the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) to seek to recover money, which does not exist.

He said through senior counsel Tom Ojienda that there was nothing linking him to the money allegedly paid out to a law firm before it was shared among former senior officials at City Hall.

“The alleged recovery is intended to defeat the ongoing trial before a magistrate. No criminal determination or culpability has been made by the trial court, ascribing any form of liability against Dr Kidero,” argued Prof Ojienda.

The EACC filed the case seeking to recover Sh68 million allegedly stolen through a scheme orchestrated to defraud the county for payment of fees in a case filed by a ghost company against City Hall.

The anti-graft agency says part of the cash was used to pay a contractor of Gem Apartment, which Mr Kidero owns.