, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 2 – The High Court has stayed proceedings in a Sh213 million case against embattled former Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero.
Kidero moved to the High Court claiming the charge sheet presented in court implicating him in the multi-million shilling scandal is defective.
The case was set to come up for hearing next week on Monday before a Chief Magistrate’s Court but will have to wait for the ruling by High Court Judge John Onyiego on the ex-governor’s application.
He is facing charges of conspiracy to defraud Nairobi County, but he argues it was anchored on a non-existent offence, that doesn’t warrant to be arbitrated in an Anti-Corruption Court.
“A charge sheet is the basis of a criminal trial. Once it’s defective there can never be a trial,” Kidero through his lawyer James Orengo argued.
According to Orengo, the prosecution had an ulterior motive by charging his client with the offence.
Kidero and six others have been accused of conspiring to embezzle county funds by authorizing payment to various companies for services not rendered.
In the case, Kidero is charged alongside former Nairobi County secretary Lillian Ndegwa, ex-Chief Finance Officer Jimmy Kiamba and four others.
Their charges range from abuse of office, fraudulent acquisition of public property, dealing with stolen public funds, receiving kickbacks and failure to pay taxes.