BY SAM ALFAN.
Former Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero has suffered a major blow after high court dismissed his application seeking to stop corruption charges before the trial court.
High Court Anti-Corruption Justice John Onyiego dismissed application for stay the proceedings and set aside stay orders issued before on May 2,2019.
“The application for stay is hereby dismissed and orders of stay issued on May 2, 2019 lifted. The original file be forwarded to the trial court for hearing to proceed as scheduled”, ordered Onyiego.
The judge further ordered the parties to fast track hearing of the appeal so as to determine the outstanding issues.
He said he didn’t find any sufficient to stay of proceedings pending before lower court on account of misjoinder , duplicity or defective charge sheet as there is no prejudice likely ti be suffered even if the trial proceeded before the appeal is heard.
The judge further said the issue of overloaded charge sheet with over 35 counts is arguable ground of appeal but that alone cannot stop the entire hearing process which is due to start.
Judge Onyiego said regarding the offences touching on tax evasion, Kidero is not a victim of the same hence can not purport to represent the interests of the other accused persons.
Kidero together with other 10 accused persons were arraigned before Nairobi Chief Magistrate court on August 9,2018 facing various corruption charges.
Kidero is accused that on diverse dates between January 16,2014 and January 25,2016 within Nairobi County jointly conspired to commit corruption namely fraud leading to loss of public funds Shillings 213,327,3000 for services not rendered.
He is also facing charges dealing with suspects.