Evans Kidero first of 12 governors to face graft probe

Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero
Thursday became the first county
boss to appear before the Ethics
and Anti-Corruption Commission
over graft allegations after his
name appeared in the “List of
Shame” presented to Parliament
by President Uhuru Kenyatta last
month.

Dr Kidero, who was escorted by
chanting supporters, arrived at the
commission’s headquarters at
Integrity House at 9.30 am and for
about eight hours, was questioned
on several issues ranging from his
tenure as the chief executive of
the Mumias Sugar Company —
where millions of shillings are
alleged to have been lost in suspect
deals — to his current position as
governor where he is facing
investigation over procurement
contracts running into hundreds of
millions and suspect land deals in
the county worth billions of
shillings.
Other governors expected to
appear before the commission are
Mr Isaac Ruto (Bomet), Mr Hassan
Joho (Mombasa), Mr Samuel Tunai
(Narok), Mr Okoth Obado (Migori),
Mr Amason Kingi (Kilifi) and Mr
Peter Munya (Meru).
Also to have a date with the anti-
graft commission are Dr Alfred
Mutua (Machakos), Mr Nadhif
Jama (Garissa), Mr Godana Doyo
(Isiolo), Mr Ukur Yattani
(Marsabit) and Mr Cyprian Awiti
(Homa Bay).
MUMIAS SUGAR COMPANY
Dr Kidero was questioned in
connection with the Sh280 million
allegedly paid to a law firm
irregularly when he was chief
executive of Mumias Sugar. He was
also asked to shed light on
allegations that members of the
Parliamentary Committee on
Agriculture were bribed by an
unnamed sugar company boss to
water down a report on troubles at
the sector.
Anti-graft detectives also asked Dr
Kidero to explain two Memoranda
of Understanding that he signed
with two companies to provide
mass transport services in the city.
He was also required to shed light
on the Sh600 million State House
land after court documents
appeared to indicate that he and
Land Cabinet Secretary Charity
Ngilu colluded with lawyers and
fraudsters to irregularly allocate
the two-acre piece of land that is
being claimed by Myta
Development Limited, a firm
owned by Mr Hailu Asfaw, an
Ethiopian.
Dr Kidero was also required to
shed light on what he knew about
the Sh8 billion Karen land grab
issue.
Dr Kidero denied that he paid
Sh280 million to Ojienda and
Company Advocates when he was
at the helm of the Mumias Sugar.
He said “such a huge amount
would have left a huge hole (in
the company’s books)”.

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