EACC ordered to return seized Kidero property

NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 6 – The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has suffered a blow after the Anti-Corruption Division High Court ordered release of property allegedly corruptly obtained by former Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero.

Judge Hedwig Ong’undi directed the anti-graft watchdog to comply with the directive within 72 hours and file an inventory in court of seized property and what has been returned to him.

The court ordered release of the property after Kidero complained that search warrants used by EACC were unlawfully obtained, vague and open-ended.

In his suit papers, Kidero claims that some of the property seized by EACC does not form part of the investigation.

Kidero is seeking among others, orders quashing the search warrants on grounds that they were obtained so as to “fish for incriminating evidence against him and his family”.

The case will be heard on December 6 for compliance and further directions.