Kidero pleads not guilty to corruption charges

Written By: Carol Kamau/Ben Chumba
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Former Nairobi Governor Dr. Evans Kidero will spend another night in police custody pending the processing of a two million shilling cash bail.

The former Nairobi governor was charged at the Nairobi anti-corruption court for alleged abuse of office alongside former Nairobi county treasury boss Maurice Okere.

The former Nairobi County boss woes with the anti-corruption detectives began on Wednesday after the director of public prosecutions gave the green light for him to be arraigned in court to answer to graft related charges committed during his tenure as Nairobi county governor.

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After hours of grilling at the EACC offices he would have his date at the Milimani court.

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Kidero pleaded not guilty to a charge of conspiring to commit an offense of fraud and two counts of dealing with suspect property leading to the loss of public funds.

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He is accused alongside nine others for authorizing payments for services not rendered on diverse dates.

He appeared before Nairobi Anti-Corruption Chief Magistrate Douglas Ogoti accused of receiving a benefit of Sh24 million from Lodwar Wholesalers Limited.

While seeking his release on bail, Kidero’s lawyer Tom Ojienda pleaded with the court to admit him to bond without giving conditions, arguing they are keen on attending trial.

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Former Acting Finance Chief Officer Morris Okere and Head of Treasury denied four counts of abuse of charges by conferring a benefit of over Sh24 million to Lodwar Wholesalers and Ngurumani Traders Limited for services not rendered.

The duo could however not be released as the case was concluded after 5pm forcing them to spend the night in custody pending the processing of their cash bail on Friday.

 

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