Kidero may have compromised judiciary in petition case – EACC


By KBC Reporters

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An investigation by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission has revealed that there is a high possibility that Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero compromised the judiciary in his petition case.

An affidavit filed by EACC indicates that between January 27th 2011 and 31 December 2015 Kidero received over 317 million shillings in cash deposits in one of his accounts.

The petition says the account also reflects a sum of 200 million shillings equivalent to slightly over 2 million US dollars which amount was apparently deposited in a fixed deposit account.

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EACC in its analysis said it was evident from the transaction that Kidero could easily afford 200 million shillings equivalent to the bribe he is said to have use to bribe judges rule in his favour in the petition.

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The account as per the affidavit also reflected the sum of 200 million shillings equivalent to slightly over 2 million US dollars at the prevailing exchange rate which amount was apparently deposited in affixed deposit account.

The anti-graft body further says after analyzing this account it discovered other accounts associated with the governor and sought a warrant to investigate seven accounts which it says revealed that Kidero had received tens of millions of shillings in his several bank accounts held indifferent currencies which he used to acquire several assets in Nairobi and other parts of the country while serving as the managing director of Mumias Sugar Company.

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EACC is of the view that Kidero could have been involved in corrupt conduct and economic crimes as the bank statement reflects large cash deposits on regular basis quite characteristic of money laundering.

Early last month, Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero appeared before a special committee of the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) probing Supreme Court judge Philip Tunoi on allegations that he received a Sh200 million bribe to deliver a favorable judgement in an election petition by Ferdinand Waititu, now Kabete MP.

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Kidero said he would sue Mr Geoffrey Kiplagat, who swore an affidavit that he acted as a conduit between Justice Phillip Tunoi and the Governor, and lawyer Ahmednasir Abdullahi.

The Governor claimed the lawyer wanted to extort him of Sh25 million after he turned down his representation in the Tunoi case. He has reiterated that he never met journalist Geoffrey Kiplagat who raised a complaint on the alleged bribery in a sworn affidavit.

A tribunal has been formed to probe Justice Tunoi who is accused of receiving 200 million shillings to deliver a favorable judgment in the Supreme Court election petition pitting Kabete MP Ferdinand Waititu against Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero.



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