BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,4TH OCT 2018-The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) now says that former Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero acquired vast properties and assets during his tenure as Managing Director of Mumias Company and as the Nairobi county governor.
The commission believes that the Governor colluded with some public officials from Nairobi City County Government and Mumias Sugar Company to defraud the government colossal sums of money.
“Preliminary investigations revealed that indeed Kidero had received tens of millions of shillings into his several bank accounts held in different currencies and frothy that he acquired several assets in Nairobi and elsewhere during his tenure as the Managing Director of Mumias Company Limited and the governor Nairobi City County,” reads court documents.
The commission further states that Kidero has amassed unexplained wealth which is not commensurate to his known legitimate source of income and that, to complete investigations, it was necessary to search his business, offices and residential premises.
EACC, through Investigating Officer Mulki Abdi Umar, also claims that in early 2016, it received several allegations of misappropriation of public funds and illegal acquisition of wealth by Kidero while he served as a Mumias Sugar Company Limited M.D and subsequently Nairobi County Governor.
They claim that bank statements obtained from Kidero’s account at Family Bank reflected large cash deposits on a regular basis quite characteristic of money laundering.
Upon analysis of the said bank account, EACC says, it was noted that between January 27, 2011 and December 31, 2015, Kidero received a sum of Ksh.317 million in cash deposits alone.
The Investigating Officer argues that the transaction in the said bank account led to the discovery of other accounts associated with Kidero.
The commission adds that it was necessary for them to acquire the search warrants to access Kidero’s premises in order to establish the truth or otherwise of allegations of corruption and economic crimes.
“The search warrants were lawfully issued pursuant to section 118 of the Criminal Procedure Code,” states the court documents.
EACC further clarified that on September 20, 2018, it conducted a search in Kidero’s Muthaiga residential premise, offices located in Eldama Park along Peponi Road/Eldama Ravine and Milimani residential House, Kisumu.
The commission also says that pursuant to its statutory mandate to investigate corruption and economics crimes, they commenced investigations into the allegations and reports made against Kidero.
This was in response to a case in which Kidero has sued Ecc and the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) over a search recently conducted at his home.
Kidero claims that since he exited politics he has been on the receiving end of “threats, attacks, harassment, witch-hunt and intimidation by the EACC and DPP.”
In court documents, Kidero has rubbished the claims saying he has earned what he has so far due to his hard work spanning over 4 decades having worked since he was first employed back in 1983.