Kidero accuses EACC of witch-hunt in graft probe


Former Nairobi Evans Kidero. PHOTO| COURTESY
Former Nairobi Evans Kidero. PHOTO| COURTESY

In Summary

  • Ex- Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero has accused EACC- the anti-graft body of witch-hunt and malice as probe in his involvement in graft and fraud gathers dust 
  • In a suit that is set to begin in May of 2019, Kidero and five others are facing charges of facilitating the fraudulent loss of a whooping KSh 213, 237, 300 between 2014 and 2016.
  • Kidero who was previously arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit fraud told the court that the EACC officers used a fake warrant to ransack his residence.

Ex-Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero has lashed out at the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) and accused the body of intimidation, malice and witch-hunt.

Last week, the anti-graft agency in a report linked Kidero and companies he is believed to own to 13 prime pieces of land believed to have been acquired fraudulently.

The commission has written to the registrar of lands seeking to get documentation on the ownership of the lands.

“The commission is conducting investigations relating to the above listed parcels,” the Deputy director of investigations Humphrey Mahiva said in the letter.

Certified certificates of search signed by the Registrar of Titles for parcels LR 209/12981 and LR 209/2671 show the plots belong to Toner Holdings Ltd and Vikraman Ltd respectively.

One of the pieces of land measuring 1.6 hectares was apparently granted a 99-year lease to Toner Holdings- a real estate firm by retired president Daniel Moi in 1991.

Toner Holdings is behind the development of Muthaiga Heights.

Vikram Limited which Kidero has denied owning was also allocated a 0.12 hectare plot of land on a 50-year lease in 2000.

“These are not the only ones, more than a half of the land and companies they claim I own are not mine. And this just indicates the level of witch-hunt they have reached and how determined they are to intimidate me,” Kidero is quoted by a local daily.

Just a month ago, Kidero’s house in Muthaiga was raided by detectives who took away private documents that will aid in prosecution of the former Nairobi County boss.

Kidero who was previously arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit fraud told the court that the EACC officers used a fake warrant to ransack his residence.

In a suit that is set to begin in May of 2019, Kidero and five others are facing charges of facilitating the fraudulent loss of a whooping KSh 213, 237, 300 between 2014 and 2016.

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