Ex Nairobi County Boss Kidero Faces Jail as Haji Presents Tight Corruption Case Against Him

The prosecution leading the case of Sh213 million graft against former Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero said it has sufficient evidence to prove that the accused abused their powers.

Kidero was charged alongside former county secretary Lilian Ndegwa, former chief finance officer Jimmy Kiamba, and former Finance and Planning executive Gregory Mwakanongo. Others are head of accounting Stephen Osiro, acting chief finance officer Luke Gatimu and acting head of Treasury Maurice Okere.

The nine are accused of conspiring to commit fraud, leading to the loss of Sh213,327,300 at the county government between January 16, 2014, and January 25, 2016.
They allegedly authorized payments to companies for services not rendered.

In his opening statement, assistant DPP Joseph Riungu told magistrate Douglas Ogoti that they will demonstrate how the payments made to Ngurumani and Lodwar Wholesalers Ltd were orchestrated to defraud Nairobi county.

He said he will prove it through primary evidence, expert witnesses and electronic evidence.

“The prosecution shall endeavor to prove each offense of failure to pay taxes and at the end of our case there shall be no doubt that the accused persons committed the offenses as charged before court,” Riungu said.

The hearing that started yesterday continues today.

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