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Kidero arrested at his Muthaiga home over City Hall graft

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Former Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero. PHOTO | FILE

By AGEWA MAGUT and STELLA CHERONO

Former Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero has been arrested in ongoing investigations into alleged corruption.

Police and anti-corruption detectives on Thursday morning camped at his city home in Muthaiga for hours before leaving with him at around 11.30am.

Sources told the Nation that the team was hunting for cash and documents on a corruption case the ex-governor and ex-Mumias Sugar CEO is battling.

The detectives from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC), accompanied by the security officers, arrived at the residence at 2am.

‘PURE HARASSMENT’

Dr Kidero, who briefly talked to journalists and denied he was under arrest, protested the raid, saying it was “pure harassment”.

He said he was wondering what evidence the detectives were looking for yet they did not find anything at his home in their first raid.

“I was arrested on the 9th of August. We have been in court twice and there is no evidence adduced. This morning, EACC came with a search warrant for my house. It would appear to me that they are looking for evidence because they never had evidence to arrest me in the first place. They should have had evidence before arresting me,” he said.

“And this is pure harassment, it is a violation of my rights and we will not take this lying down.”

But his criticism did not stop the detectives, who left with him as they took the search to his offices in Westlands.

They drove with him to Eldama Park on Eldama Ravine Road, where they started another search for records and bricks of notes.

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SEARCH ONGOING

By half past midday, the search was still ongoing as journalists were locked out.

Dr Kidero was first arrested on August 8 and, together with other former county officials who were not in court, charged with corruption and abuse of office.

The other suspects are former Nairobi county secretary Lillian Ndegwa, former chief finance officer Jimmy Mutuku Kiamba, Mr Gregory Mwakanongo, a former chief executive officer in charge of finance and planning, former accounting head Stephen Ogago Osiro and Mr Luke Mugo, a former acting chief finance officer.

Also charged were businessman John Githua and Ms Grace Njeri of Lodwar Wholesalers Ltd and Ngurumani Traders Ltd, respectively.

The two companies allegedly received millions from City Hall for services not rendered.

The court heard that the two accused and seven others, who were not in court, conspired to commit fraud which led to the loss of Sh213,327,300 at the county government between January 16, 2014, and January 25, 2016.

They allegedly conspired to commit corruption by authorising payment to various companies for services not rendered.

Dr Kidero allegedly received a total of Sh24 million from Lodwar Wholesalers Ltd on diverse dates.

He allegedly received Sh14 million from Lodwar Wholesalers on August 24, 2014 and another Sh10 million from the same company on September 11, 2014.

CORRUPT DEALINGS

The prosecution claimed that the money was acquired through corrupt dealings.

Mr Okere denied several charges of authorising several payments for services not rendered.

It is alleged that he authorised several payments to Ngurumani Traders and Lodwar Wholesalers, yet there was no service rendered.

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Drama as Nyandarua County Assembly speaker is impeached again – KBC

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Drama continued at the Nyandarua County Assembly on Saturday after Members of the County Assembly voted to impeach their Speaker, Ndegwa Wahome, for the third time in less than six months.

This was after 31 MCAs supported the motion while six of them opposed,with one abstention.

The MCAs accuse the speaker of abuse of office, militarizing the assembly, disregard to the law, victimizing assembly members and staff, impunity, corruption, poor leadership, nepotism and unlawful recruitment of staff.

The impeachment motion was moved by Leader of Majority, Edinald King’ori, and seconded by Wanjohi ward Rep, Isaac Kung’u. King’ori also accused Wahome of undermining the leadership of Governor Francis Kimemia.

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On April 29, this year a High Court sitting in Nakuru reinstated Wahome who had been impeached early January this year, as the County Assembly Speaker.

High Court Judge, Hillary Chemitei, reinstated him as the speaker until a case he had filed against his removal was heard and determined.

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The court ruled that the sitting of the assembly that impeached him did not observe the two-thirds rule when voting for his removal.

Mr King’ori who also accused Wahome of favouritism in assembly functions, outside the county and undermining the leadership of Governor Francis Kimemia.

He said that Wahome had out rightly shown that he was unable to hold office.

The leader of the Majority noted that the speaker had failed to explain how over Sh 500 million meant for the construction of county assembly offices had been spent and yet it was not complete.

Wahome, who has maintained that he was still the Speaker, has blamed Governor Kimemia for being behind the bid by MCAs to remove him from office.

He claimed his woes are linked to his stand on corruption and criticism of Governor Kimemia’s style of leadership.

The speaker who is also the County Assemblies Forum (CAF) Chair He pointed out that the MCAs who now want to impeach him are those who are allied to the Governor and are unhappy with his stand.

Nevertheless, MCAs allied to the Speaker have vowed to start a push to remove Governor Kimemia from office.

The MCAs led by Gatimu ward MCA Kieru Wambui alleged that the governor has a hidden hand in the MCAs allied to him so that he can forestall his pending impeachment.

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Odibets Set to Surprise More than 1000 Mums with Free Shopping

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One of Kenya’s leading betting firm Odibets has announced that it will be giving out free shopping to mothers this weekend in a campaign dubbed ‘Asante Mama’ that is set to commemorate this year’s Mother’s Day celebration.

Speaking to journalists during the launch of the campaign, Odibets Country Marketing manager Aggrey Sayi said that the promo was launched in a bid to give back to the company’s loyal customers and help their customers celebrate Mother’s Day that will take place on Sunday 9th of May.

“We have launched this one-of-a-kind promo as a way of giving back to our mothers who have been our pillars of strength since childhood,” said Mr Sayi.

To qualify for the Mother’s Day draw, all they have to do is place a bet of Sh50 and above on the Odibets platform.

Winners of the shopping vouchers will receive a confirmation message from OdiBets once the draw is done.

The winners will receive Sh5000 on their Odibets accounts that signify the actual shopping vouchers they have won.

The shopping voucher ‘cash’ award can be withdrawn via M-Pesa.

Last month, Odibets awarded more than 2,000 “Jogoos” to their customers as they celebrated Easter in a promo dubbed ‘Shinda Jogoo ya Easter’.

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Mother’s Day Free Shopping Surprise From Odibets

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Odibets Country Marketing manager Aggrey Sayi said the promo was launched to help customers celebrate Mother’s Day that will be marked on Sunday 9th of May.

One of Kenya’s leading betting firm Odibets has announced that it will be giving out free shopping to mothers this weekend in a campaign dubbed Asante Mama to commemorate this year’s Mother’s Day.

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Speaking to journalists during the launch of the campaign, Odibets Country Marketing manager Aggrey Sayi said the promo was launched in a bid to give back to the company’s loyal customers and help their customers celebrate Mother’s Day that will be marked on Sunday 9th of May.

“We have launched this one-of-a-kind promo as a way of giving back to our mothers who have been our pillars of strength since childhood,” said Mr Sayi.

To qualify for the Mother’s Day draw, all they have to do is place a bet of Ksh50 and above on the Odibets platform. Winners of the shopping vouchers will receive a confirmation message from OdiBets once the draw is done.

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