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Court releases former Nairobi Governor Kidero on Sh2m cash bail

By Betty Njeru | Published Thu, August 9th 2018 at 18:14, Updated August 9th 2018 at 19:03 GMT +3
Former Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero in the dock at Milimani court where he was accused of committing an offence of economic crimes. [George Njunge/Standard]

Former Nairobi County boss Evans Kidero and ex- county Treasury boss Maurice Okere have been freed on Sh2 million cash bail each.

Anti-corruption court Chief Magistrate Douglas Ogoti has also directed that the other seven accused of fraud at the county government present themselves at the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Court Police Station by noon Friday.

“Warrants of arrest will be issued against the accused for failure of presenting themselves to EACC,” said Ogoti.

Earlier, the anti-corruption court had charged Kidero with a conspiracy to defraud the Nairobi county of Sh213 million.

He however denied the charges of abuse of office and misuse of public funds valued at Sh24 million that he allegedly received from Lodwar Wholesalers Ltd.

The former governor was on Wednesday evening arrested alongside seven others on accusation of committing economic crimes including money laundering, bribery and embezzlement of public funds during his five-year tenure.

He and former county Treasury boss Okere denied the charges in which they are accused of losing Sh213 million through fake deals.

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