Kidero graft case to be heard for 66 days

October 3, 2018 (3 weeks ago) 8:36 am
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Presiding Chief Magistrate Douglas Ogoti said that since the prosecution has lined up 27 witnesses, it was important to set a time frame that will guide the court during the hearing/file

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 3 – The corruption case against former Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero will be heard for 66 days, beginning May 2, 2019.

Both prosecution and team of defence lawyers will spend six hours a day during the trial.

Presiding Chief Magistrate Douglas Ogoti said that since the prosecution has lined up 27 witnesses, it was important to set a time frame that will guide the court during the hearing.

The case will take over 360 hours for completion of the matter, according to the calculation by both defence lawyers and prosecution.

The former governor and 10 ex-officials from Nairobi County, Lilian Wanjiru, Jimmy Kiamba, Gregory Mwakanongo, Stephen Osiro, Luke Gatimu, John Njogu and Grace Githua are facing a criminal charge of defrauding the county of Sh213 million.

Except for Kidero and Maurice Okere who are out on cash bail of Sh2 million the rest were ordered to deposit a bond of Sh5 million, after the prosecution opposed their release on cash bail over alleged failure to appear in court as ordered.

The nine accused have since given indication to move to the High Court to seek review of the decision of the Magistrate to refuse them cash bail.

They have through defence lawyers Ochieng Oduol and Cliff Ombeta applied for typed proceedings and the ruling of the court to be able to file the appeal for review of bail terms.

They told the court that their clients were not served with the order directing them to appear in court.

They said the accused presented themselves to court after they were informed that criminal charge has been entered against them.

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