The Court is set to issue a ruling on 19th November in the case corruption case in which against former Nairobi County Governor Dr. Evans Kidero is appealing against a ruling which allowed the anti-graft body, Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) to go after his property.
Last year, Anti-Corruption Division Judge, Justice Mumbi Ngugi dismissed a petition by Kidero and allowed the anti-graft agency to search his houses and offices. The former high profile Governor claims that EACC went overboard while seeking to conduct a search at his homes and offices three years ago.
The anti-graft body froze his properties, putting restrictions against disposal to preserve the assets in a bid to move in for recovery. Kidero is defending his property saying that most was acquired most as a private citizen.
The appeal follows a renewed fight against the former Governor by EACC which is seeking to inspect and valuate the properties he acquired when he was a private citizen and more particularly when he was Managing Director of Mumias Sugar company.
Last year, Justice Mumbi Ngugi dismissed a petition by Kidero and allowed the anti-graft agency to search his houses and offices, a decision which Kidero is appealing on the basis that he was still innocent because he has not been found guilty of any criminal offence. The appeal is pending determination before the Court of Appeal. Interim orders have been issued restricting the commission from going on with the valuation process.
Kidero is accused of illegally acquiring Kshs.14.4 million, which is part of the Kshs. 58.8 million, which City Hall is said to have lost in a case filed by a non-existent company against the defunct Nairobi City council over a botched land deal. The cash was allegedly wired to 10 people, with the Governor as one of the beneficiaries. EACC wants the money refunded or it be allowed to seize the assets including land and cars of the accused persons.