On Thursday, the High Court granted EACC permission to search Kidero’s offices and homes. The anti-graft agency is looking for the source of unexplained wealth of approximately 9 billion shillings.
The former Nairobi governor had previously challenged search warrants that the court had issued in September 2018. He claimed that there was a breach of the law when the court granted the orders.
Kidero also claimed that EACC was on a fishing expedition. He said that their claims were vague, open-ended, and overboard. The former governor and his wife, Susan Mboya, noted that the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission was infringing on their right to privacy.
The EACC had published a list of 58 properties belonging to Kidero. Kidero claimed that some of the properties belong to his children. He also said that he had acquired some of the properties before joining Mumias Sugar company and politics.
On Thursday, justice Mumbi Ngugi ruled that there was no violation of the law when the court issued the search warrants in 2018.
“In my view, there was no violation of the second petitioner’s (Dr. Mboya) rights in the search mounted on the residential premises in which she and 1st petitioner (Dr. Kidero) reside,” Justice Ngugi ruled.
Additionally, the judge gave EACC the go-ahead to investigate Kidero’s unexplained wealth. EACC will also assess the value of the properties in question.
EACC claims that Kidero acquired properties with 9 billion while at Mumias Sugar Company.
Kidero’s wife claimed that EACC invaded her privacy when they raided her home at 4 am, yet she was only married to Kidero. However, the judge dismissed her claims.
“While the rights of women, whether within marriage or outside must be jealousy safeguarded, we should acknowledge that there can be complicit, wittingly or otherwise, in the concealment of corruptly acquired assets,” Justice Ngugi said.
EACC will continue to investigate Kidero and find out how he acquired the properties.