, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 2 – The Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC) says it has not received a court order barring it from investigating the bank accounts of Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero.
In a statement issued Tuesday evening, the commission indicated that it will continue carrying out its mandate as per the law as it seeks to ascertain allegations that the Governor had bribed Supreme Court Judge Philip Tunoi with Sh200 million.
“As regards the court orders stopping the probe of the accounts, EACC has not been served with any court order and shall only comment on this issue once we are served with the same,” EACC Head of Corporate Communications Kairichi Marimba stated.
The commission pointed out that it has been investigating seven bank accounts associated with Kidero as well as other people named in the bribery allegation.
“The Commission in exercise of its mandate under Article 252 of the Constitution of Kenya and Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2011 has been undertaking investigation in relation to various matters touching on the Governor and other individuals mentioned in relation of bribery of a judge,” Marimba stated.
But the High Court has now placed an injunction which will be in effect for the next two weeks, pending further orders.
“While undertaking investigation, the Commission found it necessary to obtain warrants to investigate accounts of those individuals and as such, warrants were obtained though the court process and served upon the relevant banking institutions.”
Kidero moved to the court under a certificate of urgency to contest the warrants granted to the EACC by the magistrate’s court to access his transactions.
He contends that the warrants are illegal as they do not specify how far into his bank transactions the investigations can go and cover even the period preceding his election into public office.
The EACC had sought access to his Standard Charted US dollar account, CBA Sterling Pound account and the Evans Kidero Foundation Family Bank account.
When it applied for the warrants, the EACC told the court that it was investigating complaints that Kidero had transferred public funds into his personal accounts.
The matter will be back in court on March 15.
A number of corruption accusations have been made against Kidero with the latest being that he paid Tunoi Sh200 million to secure a favourable verdict in an election petition.
The Nairobi Governor denies bribing Tunoi who is set to face a tribunal set up to investigate the allegations which have put the Supreme Court under sharp focus.