Five More Governors in Jittery as Ex Nairobi Governor Kidero Cools Heels in Police Cells

Former Nairobi County boss Evans Odhiambo Kidero’s arrest must have put the remaining five governors in jittery after he was again arrested today over issues of graft.

According to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) officials, 10 governors are being probed over alleged corruption in their counties, whereby five among them have already been taken to court.

Among those already charged are Godana Doyo (Isiolo), Alfred Mutua (Machakos) Nathif Jama (Garissa) and Mwangi Wa Iria (Murang’a).

Kidero has been arrested over irregular payment of Sh68 million to a law firm after Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) officials said they had been investigating Kidero for irregularly paying legal fees to M/s Wachira Mburu, Mwangi and Company Advocates.

“Investigations established that one Steven Kariuki from the firm M/s Wachira Mburu, Mwangi and Company advocates was given instructions by Aduma Joshua Owuor – former acting Director Legal Affair then Nairobi City Council and now MP Nyakach Constituency to act on behalf of Nairobi City Council in HCC No.875 of 2010 Kyavee Holdings Limited versus City Council of Nairobi, without following the laid down procedure,” EACC said in a statement.

Kidero’s Former Chief of Staff George Wainaina and former Councilor Paul Mutunga have also been arrested.

DPP Noordin Haji, who has acknowledged receiving the file from EACC, said they will be charged with abuse of office, conspiracy to commit an offense of corruption, money laundering, unlawful acquisition of public property and dealing with suspect property.

This comes only days after Haji gave EACC a nod to arrest and charge five governors- some sitting, some former.

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