NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 29 – Former Governor Evans Kidero and 14 others will spend another night in police custody after they denied charges of conspiracy to defraud the Nairobi County Government of Sh68 million.
Trial Magistrate Douglas Ogoti ordered them detained at the Kilimani Police Station pending the bail ruling on Tuesday.
The prosecution alleges that Kidero conspired with his co-accused to acquire millions of shillings as kickbacks from deceased lawyer Steven Kariuki as part of the proceeds of crime.
“On January 8, 2014 he unlawfully acquired Sh14.4 million from Steven Kariuki while knowing it was public property. You also engaged in money laundering by acquiring a Toyota Lexus valued at Sh14 million while knowing the money was part of proceeds of crime,” read the charges.
Kidero was charged alongside former Nairobi Mayor John Ndirangu, his former Chief of Staff George Wainaina, Paul Mutunga, Manasseh Karanja, Philomena Nzuki, Ng’ang’a Mungai, Charity Muringo, Peterson Njiru, Ekaya Alumasi, James Mbugua, Elizabeth Wanjiru, Alice Njeri, Hannah Muthoni and John Ngari.
State Prosecutors Alexander Muteti and Victor Owiti pressed for their detention without bail arguing that the offence was committed against Kenyans who want to see corrupt officials locked behind bars.
Kidero through his team of lawyers led by James Orengo, Professor Tom Ojienda and Nelson Havi pushed for his release on bail pending trial.
They told the court the offence that he is facing is a bailable under law.
The former governor was arrested last week.