Kidero: I’d rather face Bench than enter plea bargain

By Bernice Mbugua On Thu, 24 Oct, 2019 12:55 | 2 mins read
Evans Kidero
Former Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero. PHOTO | FILE

Former Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero says he has no intention of entering into plea bargain with the Directorate of Public Prosecutions over the irregular payment of Sh68 million to a law firm, and now wants a Bench of judges constituted to hear a petition challenging his prosecution.

Kidero, through lawyer Nelson Havi, claims the petition raises substantial questions of the law and thus it should be forwarded to the Chief Justice for empanelment of an uneven number of judges.

“Unless this application is urgently fixed for hearing and determination, the hearing of the anticorruption case will commence and same may be determined before the questions raised in the petitions are determined,” he said in court documents.

The former governor wants the Bench to determine whether advocate-client relationship can establish criminal liability against a person who is not a party to that relationship.

“I can’t enter into negotiations over a crime that I have neither committed nor aware of,” he said.

Kidero further seeks a determination on whether evidence and information obtained without notice to the person under investigation or without a court order can be used to mount a criminal case against a person.

In the petition challenging the criminal case against him, Kidero argues that he was not in the City Council of Nairobi when the facts that gave rise to the charges rose.

He says the genesis of the allegations arose in 2011 within the defunct City Council of Nairobi following a suit filed in court against the council by Kyavee Holdings.

Following the suit, the City Council instructed the firm of Wachira Mburu and Company Advocates in the matter and commenced internal process of payment of legal fees to the said firm.

Kidero said the legal successor of the City Council of Nairobi, the Nairobi County Government was legally obliged to meet, fulfill or pay any outstanding liabilities of the council.