Nairobi governor has told off Mutunga for accusing him of setting them up in the Sh58m fraud case with Kidero and 15 others. Governor Mike Sonko alleges that Mr Mburu, who had been found dead in a guest house in Oloitokitok on July 27, had been murdered to cover up the theft of Sh58 million by former county officials.
A person of interest in the probe is said to be a man who works for, or used to work for, the Nairobi County Government and was among people reported having been with Mburu in Oloitokitok.
Former Nairobi county governor Kidero is charged alongside 15 others with bribery and abuse of office after the EACC concluded that they had colluded to defraud Nairobi County of Sh68 million.
In defence alleges that the Sh14 million that he received from lawyer Stephen Kariuki Mburu was for the sale of his high-end Toyota Lexus vehicle.
Nairobi lawyer Stephen Kariuki Mburu died mysteriously in a guest house in Oloitokitok on July 27, 2018, and was at the centre of the Sh68 million graft case facing former Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero.
Mburu played a key role in getting the cash from City Hall. The matter led to the arrest of Kidero and former Mayor John Ndirangu Kariuki.
A post-mortem examination report on Mburu did not show any foul play. This family had raised concerns after the lawyer’s phone, which went missing, kept being switched on and off.
According to paper trail seen exclusively by the Star, the late lawyer’s law firm- Wachira Mburu Mwangi and Company Advocates was used to handle the money before it was wired to various people including Kidero.
In 2011, the City Council paid Sh10 million to Mburu’s law firm which was shared in cash withdrawals to unknown persons.
Kidero was released on a Sh8 million cash bail or Sh20 million bond.