Kidero spends second night in EACC cells

Evans Kidero
Dr Evans Kidero (right) and Maurice Ochieng Okere at Milimani Law Court yesterday. PHOTO | EVANS HABIL | NMG 

Former Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero and ex-acting Head of Treasury Maurice Ochieng Okere spent another night in police custody even after denying corruption charges.

Chief magistrate Douglas Ogoti directed the two to be held at the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) police cells until this morning, pending the processing of their bail terms.

The court said if the two fail to complete the process by 10am, they should be taken to Industrial Area Remand.

The court ordered the two to deposit cash bail of Sh2 million each, in court to secure their release. They are further required to execute personal bonds of Sh5 million each and deposit bond of Sh3 million each plus surety of the same amount.

The court further directed former Nairobi County officers Lilian Ndegwa (County secretary), Jimmy Mutuku Kiamba (Chief Finance officer), Mr Gregory Mwakanongo (chief executive office in charge of finance and planning), Stephen Ogago Osiro (accounting head) and Luke Mugo (acting Chief Finance Officer) to present themselves before the EACC headquarters at Integrity Centre before noon.


In case they do not show up as directed, Mr Ogoti said the police should arrest them and present them to court.

Others required to present themselves to EACC are businessman John Githua and Grace Njeri of Lodwar Wholesalers Ltd and Ngurumani Traders Ltd, respectively. The two companies allegedly received millions from City Hall for services not rendered.

The court heard that the two and seven others, who were not in court, conspired to commit fraud, which led to the loss of Sh213,327,300 at the County Government between January 16, 2014 and January 25, 2016.

Dr Kidero allegedly received a total of Sh24 million from Lodwar Wholesalers Ltd, on diverse dates. He is said to have pocketed Sh14 million from the same firm on August 24, 2014 and another Sh10 million on September 11, 2014.

The prosecution alleged that the money was acquired through corrupt dealings.

The pre-trial of the case will be held on September 7.