Evans Kidero arrested over Sh68m paid to law firm
Ex-Nairobi Governor Evans Odhiambo Kidero has been arrested over irregular payment of Sh68 million to a law firm.Kidero’s Former Chief of Staff George Wainaina and former Councillor Paul Mutunga have also been arrested.
Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) officials said they had been investigating the lot for irregularly paying legal fees to M/s Wachira Mburu, Mwangi and Company Advocates.
“Investigations established that one Steven Kariuki from the firm M/s Wachira Mburu, Mwangi and Company advocates was given instructions by Aduma Joshua Owuor – former acting Director Legal Affair then Nairobi City Council and now MP Nyakach Constituency to act on behalf of Nairobi City Council in HCC No.875 of 2010 Kyavee Holdings Limited versus City Council of Nairobi, without following the laid down procedure,” EACC said in a statement.
According to EACC Kyavee Holdings Limited never existed and therefore, had no legal capacity to sue the county.“The advocate representing Kyavee Holdings Limited did not possess a valid practising certificate at the material time,” EACC said.Further, the probe revealed that the disputed land was Mariakani Primary School’s playground and had not been re-allocated to anyone.With no services offered, the money was paid in two instalments of Sh10 million on June 13, 2011 and another of Sh58 million on January 7, 2014.
Hannah Muthoni, a spouse to Steven Kariuki and former Mayor John Ndirangu Kariuki are still being sought by the sleuths for embezzling the said monies.
Hannah Muthoni is said to have received Sh11 million of the proceeds in her account.DPP Noordin Haji, who has acknowledged receiving the file from EACC, said they will be charged with abuse of office, conspiracy to commit an offence of corruption, money laundering, unlawful acquisition of public property and dealing with suspect property.
Also set to be charged are Acting Deputy Director Internal Audit Nairobi County Manasseh Karanja and Principal Accountant Nairobi County Philomena Kavinja.Others are accountants Ng’ang’a Mung’ai, Charity Ndiritu, Peterson Njiru, Ekaya Alumasi, James Mbugua, Elizabeth Nderitu and Alice Njeri.
By Hillary Orinde