Former Nairobi county governor Evans Kidero is under investigation over the allegunexplained wealth of Ksh 8 billion.
According to Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) chairman Eliud Wabukala, Kidero who is facing several corruption charges is said to have the wealth in several bank accounts, shares as well as in real estate.
Speaking on Tuesday, May 25, when he appeared before the Senate Justice and Legal Affairs Committee, Wabukala opined that Kidero’s wealth appeared to surpass the government’s allocation budget on the fight against Covid-19.
“Former Nairobi governor Evans Kidero is alleged to have illegally acquired Ksh 8 billion, the amount that is equivalent to the budget for the Covid-19 Emergency Response Project which the National Treasury allocated Ksh 8.7 billion,” he said.
Kidero, who is angling to succeed Homa Bay governor Cyprian Awiti in the August 2022 General Election is among the four current and former county bosses who are under investigation.
The four include impeached governors Mike Mbuvi Sonko, his Kiambu counterpart Ferdinand Waititu and the current governor for Samburu county government Moses Lenolkulal.
According to Wabukala’s commission, former Kiambu governor Waititu could not explain how he accumulated his wealth amounting to Ksh 2 billion.
Sonko and Lenolkulal on the other hand failed to account how they accrued Ksh 1 billion and Ksh 500 million respectively.
According to Wabukala’s report before the Senate Legal and Justice Affairs Committee, the Commission has seized assets worth Ksh 25 billion allegedly stolen from the public over the last five years.
The EACC chair said that they have probed more than 1000 cases out of which 269 cases have been prosecuted in courts.
“Examples of high impact cases involved nine former and current governors, Principal Secretaries, Senators, MPs, Managing Directors of State Corporations among others,” Wabukala said.