Nairobi County’s internal audit boss testifies against Kidero in Ksh.213M fraud case

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The head of internal audit at the Nairobi County Government Mr. Edward Gichana on Wednesday told the court that two companies implicated in the Ksh.213 million fraud case against former Governor Evans Kidero supplied goods and services to the county.

During the cross examination, Gichana testifying against his former boss Kidero and others said that the two companies — Lodwar Wholesalers Limited and Ngurumani Traders — supplied quarry chips, football uniforms, hand sanitizers at a cost of Ksh.11.6 million among others items.

The witness made reference reference to a report tabled by the defense team titled Report of the Committee Finalization of Pending Bills and Audit of Procurement Process.

According to the report dated February 28, 2014 among the members who signed include Chief Officer Finance Jimmy Kiamba, Samuel Musembi, Finance and Planning Minister Gregory Mwakanongo among others.

Kiamba is among the accused person in the Ksh.213 million case.

According to Gichana, the committee formed by the then Governor Kidero received 425 files.

“The total number of files reviewed for goods, services and works were 268 which 135 were cleared for payment while 133 required further documentation,”said Gichana

Gichana further testified that the committee summoned six City Hall senior officers to shed light on the operations and procurement procedures in the county.

In the case, Kidero has been charged alongside former County Secretary Lilian Ndegwa, Chief Finance Officer Jimmy Mutuku Kiamba, Head of Accounting Stephen Ogago Osiro, Acting Chief Finance Officer Luke Gatimu and Acting Head of Treasury Maurice Ochieng Okere.

They are accused of conspiring to commit fraud, leading to the loss of Ksh.213,327,300 at the county government between January 16, 2014 and January 25, 2016.

They allegedly authorised payments to Ngurumani and Lodwar Wholesalers Ltd for services not rendered.

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