Kidero blames Jubilee for his woes after his foundation was deregistered by the NGO board

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

Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero claims the Jubilee Administration had a hand in the deregistration of his foundation by the Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) Board.

The Evans Kidero Foundation was on Tuesday deregistered over multiple financial irregularities.

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.

Politically motivated

However, Kidero now says the board’s decision was malicious and politically motivated.

While speaking to the media, Kidero said his foundation was yet to receive the NGO Board’s letter of deregistration and that all the information sought by the Kenya Revenue Authority had been provided and cleared.

“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.

The NGO board noted that the foundation had transacted millions of shillings despite the fact that it did not have any known donor on record.

Foundation's board members

Also of interest to the board in its investigations is the composition of the foundation’s directors, some of whom are also senior officials of the Nairobi County Government.

The Nairobi County Public Service Board Chairman, Phillip Opondo is registered as the foundation’s chairman as the county’s Chief of Staff George Wainaina is its secretary.

Kidero himself is a board member of the foundation.

The Board now wants the CBK to freeze the foundation’s assets pending investigations and an assets audit of the firm as it seeks an audit of all its assets.

The governor who is seeking re-election during the August polls, is set to face stiff competition from several Jubilee-allied leaders who include Senator Mike Sonko, former Gatanga MP Peter Kenneth, Dagoretti South MP Dennis Waweru, nominated MP Johnson Sakaja and Bishop Margaret Wanjiru.

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