The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) bid to recover money stolen from Nairobi County received a major boost after an anti-Corruption court stopped a bid by former Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero to stop a case seeking to recover Kshs.14.4 million from him. The money is part of millions said to have been stolen from City Hall in 2014.
The anti-graft body EACC had filled the case seeking to recover Ksh.68 million allegedly stolen through a scheme orchestrated to defraud the County Government through a scheme hatched in form of payment of fees in a case filed by a ghost company against City Hall.
Former Governor Dr. Kidero had sought to quash the case against him arguing that it was brought by EACC, saying he was already facing criminal charges over the same money before a Magistrate court. He further alleges that there is nothing linking the money to City Hall and that the amount was from the sale of a Toyota Lexus to a company identified as Cups Ltd.
Anti-Corruption judge, Justice Esther Maina, however, did not agree with him and dismissed the case saying the court was was not persuaded that the suit was an abuse of the court process and refused to either stay or strike out he case as sought by Dr. Kidero.
The independent EACC had filed the case seeking to recover Kshs.68 million saying allegedly stolen from the County Government saying part of the money was used to pay a contractor of Gem Apartment, which is owned by Dr Kidero.
The billionaire Dr. Kidero joined a list of high profile individuals at the ranks of Governors, Cabinet Secretary, Principal Secretary and Managing Directors accused of perpetrating corruption leading to loss of public funds, some of which include benefiting from the same to enrich themselves.