Blow to Former Gov Evans Kidero in Court Case Involving Source of Wealth

  • Former Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero at Milimani Courts on October 02, 2018
    Former Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero at Milimani Courts on October 02, 2018
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  • Former Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero suffered a blow after court declined to stop investigations into the source of his wealth.

    Kidero had filed an appeal in court barring the investigations into the source of his wife Susan Mboya’s property and accounts.

    The Court of Appeal allowed The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) to proceed with the probe.

    Former Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero speaking during a press conference in 2017.
    Former Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero speaking during a press conference in 2017.
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    In the case, the EACC claimed its investigations had revealed that Kidero had assets worth Ksh.9 Billion.

    The former Nairobi Governor back in June claimed that the court ruling was biased against him, and presumed him guilty of criminal activities when no such determination has been made against him and moved to file an appeal.

    The appeal was however quashed by Justices Roslyn Nambuye, Daniel Musinga, and Gatembu Kairu who stated that the probe on assets recovery had not started.

    This meant that Kidero had not provided sufficient evidence to convince them that barring the anti-graft watchdog from investigating his family’s wealth would be adverse

    "The applicant has failed to controvert the second respondent’s averments in their replying affidavit that pending completion of investigations, filing, prosecution, and conclusion of the criminal case(s) against the applicants and the filing of the asset recovery suit, which actions are yet to commence, is unlikely to be concluded before the appeal, which is already filed, heard and determined," read the ruling.

    EACC, however, claims it has reasonable suspicion to believe that the former Governor was involved in graft.

    Kidero claimed in June that his properties are valued at Ksh.645 Million and not Ksh.9 Billion as alluded by the EACC. 

    Investigations have also been launched into the ownership of 11 vehicles that include Range Rovers and Mercedes Benz although the value was yet to be established.

    The investigation revealed that Kidero also has 50 rental units in Riara road, Nairobi worth an estimated at Ksh.1 Billion alongside Muthaiga Heights worth the same amount.

    On Monday, October 5 President Uhuru Kenyatta's nephew and Personal Assistant (PA) Jomo Gecaga was embroiled in a rent row with Kidero.

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    Incumbent Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko shakes hands with his predecessor Evans Kidero at Uhuru Park in 2017
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