Kidero loses bid to stop graft charges


High Court has dismissed former Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero’s application seeking to stay corruption charges against him.

Justice John Onyiego said he did not find any sufficient evidence to stay the proceedings pending before lower court on account of misjoinder , duplicity or defective charge sheet as there is no prejudice likely to be suffered even if the trial proceeded before the appeal is heard.

Onyiego dismissed the application and directed the original file be forwarded to the trial court for hearing to proceed as scheduled.

“The issue of overloaded charge sheet with over 35 counts is arguable ground of appeal but that alone cannot stop the entire hearing process which is due to start,” ruled the judge.

Regarding the offences touching on tax evasion, the judge ruled that Kidero is not a victim of the same hence can not purport to represent the interests of the other accused persons.

The politician is charged with several counts of corruption alongside 9 other accused persons.

The accused persons are said to have conspired to defraud the county Sh 213,327,300 for services not rendered.

Kidero faces two other counts of dealing with suspects property worth millions.