Kidero freed on Ksh.2M cash bail in fraud case


Kidero freed on Ksh.2M cash bail in fraud case
Former Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero and Maurice Ochieng Okere appear before Anti-Corruption Magistrate Douglas Ogoti on August 9, 2018. PHOTO/WALTER DZUYA

In Summary

  • They denied the charges and were released on a Ksh.2 million cash bail, personal bond of Sh 5 million with an additional bond of Ksh.3 million.
  • The magistrate further directed the accused not approach any possible witnesses in the case.
  • The prosecution had opposed the bail application saying the charges leveled against the former county boss were serious and that, if granted bail, he was capable of interfering with witnesses.

Former Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero was on Thursday evening granted bail after denying three counts of fraud before the Anti Corruption Court in Nairobi.

Appearing before Magistrate Douglas Ogoti, Kidero and Maurice Ochieng Okere, the Acting Head of County Treasury, were charged with three counts of fraud, services not rendered and dealing with suspect property.

They denied the charges and were released on a Ksh.2 million cash bail, personal bond of Sh 5 million with an additional bond of Ksh.3 million.

The magistrate further directed the accused not to approach any possible witnesses in the case.

They were further ordered to deposit their passports with the court.

The prosecution had opposed the bail application saying the charges leveled against the former county boss were serious and that, if granted bail, he was capable of interfering with witnesses.

“The influence that the first accused person, Evans Kidero, has cannot be ignored your honor,” stated the prosecution.

Kidero’s legal team, however, defended their bail application saying the former governor was a law abiding citizen who would continue to cooperate with the prosecution and other state agencies in any question that may require his presence or attendance.

“First accused person, Evans Kidero, was on his way to the EACC when he was arrested, he had intended to present himself,” said Prof. Ojienda.

“He has spent over 23 hours at the commission; he slept there and has cooperated on every aspect of the investigation in this questioning.”

Prof. Ojienda further termed the charges against Kidero as “not serious charges but generic charges with very serious political undertones.”

Kidero, who spent the night at the EACC police cells, was arrested on Wednesday afternoon at a Nairobi hotel on the orders of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

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