Nairobi Governor Dr Evans Kidero today came out for the first time – or the umpteenth time – to viciously refute claims and accusations of corruption and running down Mumias Sugar company which have been circulating in recent media reports .
In a terse press statement sent to newsrooms, Dr Kidero warns those peddling the corruption allegations at Mumias and using his name in their scandalous publications do so maliciously and are culpably ignorant.
Kidero says he joined Mumias in 2003 when the company was making loses and left in June 2012 having turned around the fortunes of the company that was now making billions of shillings.
“In 2002, for example, the company made a loss of two hundred and forty-four million shillings [but] by the time of my departure, the company had made cumulative profits of fourteen billion shillings, ” reads the statement.
The allegations that Kidero robbed Mumias and which politicians in western Kenya have lurched on to demand the resignation of the Nairobi governor arose after a leaked draft report from audit firm KPMG which suggested that Kidero and others looted the company.
Interestingly, until the last year of Dr Kidero at Mumias, the company posted profit after profit which it presented to shareholders, board of directors, and even auditors without any of these organs raising issues with his management at Mumias. Dr Kidero says these allegations are by those who want to paint him as a corrupt person for political mileage without looking at what he achieved in Mumias.
“At no time did the board, Â the auditors, or the shareholders suggest that anything untoward was happening in the company. Allegations of malfeasance, mismanagement or theft must solidly consider this reality. Are we being told that the managers, the board, the auditors and even the shareholders stole or abetted stealing from the company?” asks Kidero.
Kidero says he left Mumias in a very sound financial state and cannot be held responsible for what happened after he had left.
“In my final year, the company made a net profit of 2.6 billion. The net cash position was Ksh 656 million,” adds Kidero.
The Nairobi governor now demands the publications and their authors apologize to him for what is essentially an attempt to destroy his reputation and imprint in public conscious an image of him as a person who is corrupt and unfit to be a leader.