Reprieve for governor as court stops NGO Board from de-registering foundation

The Evans Kidero Foundation was on Tuesday de-registered over multiple financial irregularities.

The High Court has temporarily stopped the NGO Coordination board from de-registering Evans Kidero Foundation.

Justice George Odunga issued the orders pending hearing and determination of a case filed by the Foundation.

The NGO board’s executive director Fazul Mahamed said the foundation had breached several sections of the Non-Governmental Organisations Coordination Act.

In letters addressed to the foundation, the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), the Assets Recovery Unit, the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) and the Central Bank of Kenya, Mahamed wrote that the foundation had failed to file tax returns and was operating unauthorised bank accounts.

But the organisation, through its lawyer Willis Otieno, argued that the Board did not follow the due procedure in de-registering it.

Jubilee blamed

The Judge ordered the parties to appear in Court on March 13 for further directions on the hearing of the case.

“The Board may have violated the rights of the applicant and did not follow due process in coming up with that decision,” Otieno said.

Kidero claimed the Jubilee Administration had a hand in the de-registration of his foundation by the NGO Board and said its decision was malicious and politically motivated.

“I see mischief by the Non-Governmental Organizations Coordination Board to publicise the foundation instead of using proper channels to serve the respective persons. I will not be cowed by small politics carried out by Jubilee,” Kidero said.

He said there is tension in Jubilee after the mass voter registration in Nairobi failed to favour them and they have now decided to smear his name with mud.

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