The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has claimed that Evans Kidero illegally acquired colossal sums of money and assets during his tenure as Managing Director of Mumias Company and Governor of Nairobi.
The commission is convinced that Kidero colluded with some public officers from Nairobi City County Government and Mumias Sugar Company to defraud the government.
EACC claims that Evans Kidero amassed unexplained wealth which is not commensurate to his known legitimate source of income and that, to complete investigations, it was necessary to search his business, offices, and residential premises.
“Preliminary investigations revealed that indeed Kidero had received tens of millions of shillings into his several bank accounts held in different currencies and frothy that he acquired several assets in Nairobi and elsewhere during his tenure as the Managing Director of Mumias Company Limited and the governor Nairobi City County,” reads court documents.
Through Investigating Officer Mulki Abdi Umar, the anti-graft agency also claims that in early 2016, it received several allegations of misappropriation of public funds and illegal acquisition of wealth by Kidero while he served as a Mumias Sugar Company Limited M.D and subsequently as the City Chief.
Bank statements obtained from Kidero’s account at Family Bank reflected large cash deposits on a regular basis quite characteristic of money laundering.
According to EACC, upon analysis of the said bank account, it was noted that between January 27, 2011 and December 31, 2015, Kidero received a sum of Sh317 Million in cash deposits alone.
Mulki Abdi Umar argues that the transactions in the said bank account led to the discovery of other suspicious accounts associated with Kidero.
The anti-graft watchdog further explains that it was necessary for it to acquire search warrants to access Kidero’s premises in order to establish the truth or otherwise of allegations of corruption and economic crimes.
Kidero has since sued EACC and the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) over a search recently conducted at his home in Muthaiga.
He claims that since he exited politics he has been on the receiving end of “threats, attacks, harassment, witch-hunt and intimidation by the EACC and DPP.”
Kidero argues that he is a man of fair means who has accumulated his wealth gradually over the course of years since his first employment in 1983.
He wants the search warrants quashed insisting they were obtained without due procedure.