Messenger who was sent with cheques testifies in Kidero graft case


Messenger who was sent with cheques testifies in Kidero graft case
File image of Former Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero. PHOTO| COURTESY

In Summary

  • Kidero and his co-accused allegedly conspired to commit fraud which led to the loss of Ksh. 213,327,300 at the Nairobi County.
  • Others accused are John Githua and Grace Njeri of Lodwar Wholesalers Ltd and Ngurumani Traders Ltd.
  • The prosecution alleges that the officers authorised payments to the two companies for services not rendered.

A witness in the Ksh. 213million graft case against Evans Kidero and other former Nairobi County officials has testified that the accused allegedly authorised several illegal payments to two firms.

Evans Kadagi Edaria, a messenger who took the cheques and letters that authorised release of funds to Ngurumani Traders and Lodwar Wholesalers Limited said that several cheques were paid to the two companies.

He identified a Ksh. 5million cheque which was paid to Ngurumani Traders Limited on December 18, 2015.

Edaria also revealed to the court that a payment of over Ksh. 19million and another of over Ksh. 26million was made to Ngurumani Limited.

According to the witness, the cheques and the Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) were signed by some of the accused persons in the case.

The defence is expected to cross-examine him next week when the hearing resumes.

Kidero is charged alongside former Nairobi county officials Lillian Ndegwa, Jimmy Kiamba, Stephen Osiro, Luke Mugo and Maurice Ochieng Okere.

They are accused of conspiring to commit fraud which led to the loss of Ksh. 213,327,300 at the County Government between January 16, 2014 and January 25, 2016.

Others accused are John Githua and Grace Njeri of Lodwar Wholesalers Ltd and Ngurumani Traders Ltd.

The prosecution alleges that the officers authorised payments to the two companies for services not rendered.

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