Evans Kidero Corruption Case Fails to Kick Off Over Witness Statements

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Evans Kidero Corruption Case Fails to Kick Off Over Witness Statements

The corruption case against former Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero failed to take place after issues with the witness statements presented.

The pre-trial case against Kidero hit the wall after the defence team pointed out that the pages of the witness statements issued to them lacked corresponding pages.

“The statements given to us do not have a proper sequence, with some documents missing we cannot say that prosecution has done its work as required by law,” the court heard.

Director Of Public Prosecution Noordin Haji

According to the magistrate, the court was unaware of what was happening and directed the team to put things in order for the trial to take place.

The prosecution team was ordered to appear in court on September 27 to confirm compliance in supplying of the witness statements.

Kidero was arrested by the Ethics Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) on August 8 and taken to Integrity Centre for court processing.

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji stated that there was overwhelming evidence against Kidero and others that were arrested with him over mismanagement and embezzlement of public funds.

The former governor and seven other people were charged on the basis of defrauding the county of Ksh213 million.

The seven ex-officials included Lilian Wanjiru Ndegwa, Jimmy Mutuku Kiamba, Gregory Mwanakongo, Stephen Ogago, Luke Mugo Gatimu, Maurice Ochieng Okere, John Githua Njogu, Grace Njeri.

Kidero and County Treasury boss Maurice Okere were released on a cash bail of Ksh2 million after denying the charges.

The rest were ordered by the court to deposit a Ksh5 million bond after they were denied a cash bail over fear of failing to appear in court if granted bail.

Maurice Okere and Evans Kidero in court

The seven indicated they would move to the High Court to have the decision reversed.

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