EACC wants case filed by Kidero stopping his accounts probe dismissed


Evans Kidero

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) now wants a case filed by Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero and his wife Susan Mboya Kidero seeking to stop investigations into their bank accounts dismissed.

The EACC  said that they received several allegations of corruption and unethical conduct against the Governor and intelligence reports that Kidero regularly received millions of shillings in bribes from sugar traders and dealers while serving as the Managing Director of Mumias Sugar Company LTD.

According to the Anti-graft body, preliminary investigations revealed that Kidero received tens of millions of shillings into his several bank accounts held in different currencies and had acquired several assets.

Justice Joseph Onguto extended orders barring EACC  from investigating Kidero’s US dollar account at Standard Chartered Bank, a Sterling Pound bank account at Kenya Commercial Bank and the Evans Kidero Foundation Family Bank account.

Kidero had moved to court saying that EACC applied for warrants to investigate his bank accounts without reasonable basis.

The case will be heard on 20th June 2016.

In early March, the High Court temporarily barred the EACC from investigating bank accounts belonging to Kidero and his wife Susan Mboya until a case they filed is heard and determined.

Kidero and his wife argued that the EACC obtained the warrants to investigate their bank accounts from the Makadara Law Courts Chief Magistrate illegally and without notifying them.

The Governor and his spouse also argued the actions by the commission, Director of Public Prosecutions and the chief magistrate were unconstitutional and oppressive.

Since 2015, Kidero has fought to stop the EACC from accessing information on his personal bank transactions and those of his wife.

A number of corruption accusations have been made against Kidero with the latest being that he paid Supreme Court Judge Philip Tunoi Sh200 million to secure a favourable verdict in an election petition.

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