THE zeal in arresting and charging the son of ex-Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero in a criminal court in Nairobi is no longer exhibited in prosecuting the case, Ronald Odhiambo Kidero’s lawyers protested this week in court after the state forced a second adjournment.
Kidero’s son is facing charges of storing and selling adulterated fuel at Ridgeways Shell petrol station, along Kiambu Road in Nairobi.
The embattled ex-governor himself is facing charges in an anti-corruption co relating to the loss of a whooping KSh213 million. He is accused alongside nine others for making payments for services not rendered between January 16, 2014 and January 2016.
Detectives this week also raided Kidero’s offices and home in a fresh onslaught…
It is alleged he received a kickiback of KSh24 million from Lodwar Wholesalers Limited.
Kidero has pleaded not guilty to a charge of conspiring to commit an offense of fraud and two counts of dealing with suspect property leading to loss of public funds.
According to a charge sheet, Kidero’s son, Odhiambo, was on August 3 2018 found to have stored the below par 28,000 litres of diesel and 14,000 litres of motor vehicle gasoline in two petroleum storage tanks.
Police charged him with being in possession of the products that did not meet the Kenya Bureau of Standards requirements.
Adjourning the case
He was then released on a cash bail of KSh100,000 and the case set for mention on August 23 2018 with a hearing set for September 4 2018.
He has now appeared in court twice since for the hearing but the prosecution has not been ready to proceed.
A lawyer said that the defence has not been supplied with copies of documents relating to the case.
The hearing has now been pushed to October 15 2018, with the prosecution given a final chance at adjourning the case.