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What some city residents think of Kidero's arrest

Benard Ramoka
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Former Nairobi governor Evans Kidero when he was arrested by EACC officers on Wednesday. He will be arraigned in court on Thursday to answer to corruption charges. [Photo/]

Nairobi residents have reacted differently to the arrest of former Governor Evans Kidero.

In a vox pop on Wednesday, a majority of Nairobi residents lauded EACC for arresting Kidero, saying he must be held to account for the loss of millions during his reign as Nairobi Governor.

Moses Amalemba, a bodaboda operator at city centre said that Kidero and others said to have embezzled public funds must be forced to return the money.

He claimed that Nairobi never achieved anything under Kidero's tenure.

"EACC, the DPP must force Kidero and others to return the stolen funds if indeed they are serious in the war against corruption," he said.

Jane Wambui, a flower vendor at Marikiti market said that Kidero and others implicated in Nairobi county financial impropriety must be dealt with accordingly.

"Kidero's arrest is timely and we ask government's investigative agencies to ensure the stolen money is recovered," she said.

Wambui averred that Nairobians suffered under the former Governor's reign and his arrest shows that public funds were indeed misappropriated.

"What we want to see the money being recovered," Joseph Kimani, a guard in one of the city supermarkets added.

Gilbert Ambani, another city resident termed the arrests by EACC and DPP as a public relations (PR) exercise.

He said that arresting and taking people to court without recovering the stolen property is waste of time.

Kidero was arrested on Wednesday by EACC sleuths over alleged financial mismanagement amounting to Sh7.8 billion when he was the Governor. 

Kidero alongside seven other former Nairobi county officials were arraigned in court on Thursday to answer to charges of corruption and economic crimes.

He was released on Sh2 million cash bail. He was, however, taken back to EACC cells awaiting the processing of his bail terms.


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