Ex-City Hall finance chief seeks out of court deal for looted millions
The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission is considering an out-of-court settlement with former City Hall finance chief Jimmy Mutuku Kiamba, who is accused of conspiring with others to defraud Nairobi County millions of shillings.
The EACC has agreed to a request by Mr Kiamba’s lawyer for negotiations that could see it withdraw the suits it has instituted against Mr Kiamba.
Mr Kiamba’s lawyer, Philip Nyachoti, requested for the talks, arguing that the former City Hall finance boss is keen on reaching an out-of-court deal.
The EACC has agreed to the out-of-court negotiations on condition that the talks are held exclusively between the parties’ lawyers.
The EACC has instituted four cases against Mr Kiamba, with the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) also filing a suit to claim Sh262 million.
The KRA has since obtained court orders blocking 10 bank accounts registered to Mr Kiamba, pending the determination of the suit.
Three of the EACC suits are in the civil division while one is in the Chief Magistrate’s Court where Mr Kiamba has been charged alongside former Nairobi County secretary Lillian Ndegwa and three other former City Hall officials.
They have all denied conspiring to defraud Nairobi County of Sh17.9 million.
LOOTED FROM CITY HALL
Among the properties the EACC says Mr Kiamba obtained using funds looted from City Hall are two maisonettes in South C, a plush town house in Kileleshwa, four apartments in Kilimani and eight plots of land in Muthaiga, Mavoko and Machakos.
The EACC also wants to confiscate six cars Mr Kiamba owns.