The High Court has dismissed former Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero’s application following a Ksh213 Million corruption case.
In the application, Kidero had requested to be charged separately from the other 10 accused persons.
In the case, Kidero and the other suspects of the fraud were charged with conspiracy to defraud Nairobi City County of Ksh213 million.
Additionally, in his application, Kidero claimed that “count 1 of conspiracy to defraud was defective”.
In retaliation to Kidero’s application, the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Noordin Haji wrote to the court opposing the governor’s application.
The prosecution argued that Kidero had not demonstrated reasons why he should face trial separately from the other ten accused persons.
State Prosecutor Jenifer Kaniu stated: “The prosecution will be prejudiced by having to call same witnesses for different trials and the facts of this case are of similar character.”
Kidero was charged together with former chief officers in his administration, including County Secretary Lilian Ndegwa, Chief Finance Officer Jimmy Mutuku Kiamba and Finance and Planning minister Gregory Mwakanongo.
Others charged included Head of Accounting Stephen Ogago Osiro, Acting Chief Finance Officer Luke Mugo and Acting Head of Treasury Maurice Ochieng Okere.