Nairobi County Governor Dr Evans Kidero faces another legal battle after a businessman filed an application seeking to have his accounts frozen. 

Mr Jacob Juma (pictured) filed an application yesterday citing claims that Dr Kidero received Ksh650 million on behalf of Mumias Sugar Company, while serving as MD, but failed to deposit the amount in the company’s account, the Nation resports.

“It is important that Dr Kidero’s accounts be frozen to the tune of Ksh650 million pending the hearing and determination of this application, to protect this case otherwise it may be rendered nugatory since he is likely to hide this money,” said Mr Juma in his court papers.

Mr Juma is relying on allegations made by Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale, who accused Dr Kidero of receiving the funds on behalf of Mumias Sugar as envisaged in the sales agreement between Mumias and YH Wholesalers in 2012 for the sale of 13,450 metric tonnes of sugar.

Senator Khalwale said the money was never deposited in the Mumias Sugar Company account nor Dr Kidero account for the money. The allegations are contained in the senator’s response to a defamation case filed against him by Dr Kidero.

Mr Juma said his case raises substantial questions of law and wants Chief Justice Willy Mutunga to constitute a bench of three or five judges to hear and determine the application. President Uhuru Kenyatta presented to the management of Mumias Sugar a Ksh1 billion bailout cheque in June from the national government.

However, Mr. Juma said Mumias Sugar has ground to a halt and is facing imminent collapse. “It is therefore necessary that all efforts be made that can contribute to the saving of the company,” said Mr Juma in his court papers.

He said Mumias Sugar supports the livelihood of millions of Kenyans in western Kenya.



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