In Summary
  • It is claimed they plotted to commit corruption by authorising payment to various companies for services not rendered.
  • The Office of the DPP said it agreed with the EACC that there is enough evidence to charge the suspects.
  • The pre-trial of the case will be held on September 7.

Former Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero and former acting head of Treasury Maurice Ochieng Okere spent another night in police custody.

Chief magistrate Douglas Ogoti directed the two to be held at the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) 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.

PERSONAL BONDS

After denying corruption and abuse of office charges, the court ordered Dr Kidero and Mr Okere to deposit a 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 a bond of Sh3 million each plus surety of the same amount.

The court further directed former Nairobi county secretary Lillian Ndegwa, former chief finance officer Jimmy Mutuku Kiamba, Mr Gregory Mwakanongo, a former chief executive officer in charge of finance and planning, former accounting head Stephen Ogago Osiro, Mr Luke Mugo, a former acting chief finance officer, to present themselves before the EACC headquarters at Integrity Centre before noon.

VARIOUS COMPANIES

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

Others required to present themselves to EACC are businessman John Githua and Ms 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 accused 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. They allegedly conspired to commit corruption by authorising payment to various companies for services not rendered.

SERVICE RENDERED

Dr Kidero allegedly received a total of Sh24 million from Lodwar wholesalers ltd on diverse dates. He allegedly received Sh14 million from Lodwar Wholesalers on August 24, 2014 and another Sh10 million from the same company on September 11, 2014. The prosecution claimed that the money was acquired through corrupt dealings.

Mr Okere denied several charges of authorising several payments for services not rendered. It is alleged that he authorised several payments to Ngurumani Traders and Lodwar Wholesalers, yet there was no service rendered.

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