I’m being targeted for being Kidero’s wife, says First Lady
The wife of Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero wants the anti-graft team to urgently respond to her petition challenging her investigation alongside her husband for alleged corruption.
Dr Susan Akello Mboya filed a constitutional petition seeking to protect the rights of married women when their spouses are under investigation for offences such as corruption.
Through lawyer Tom Ojienda, Dr Mboya on Monday told the High Court that her petition raised very fundamental issues touching on the Constitution, hence the need for the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission to urgently respond so that the hearing could commence.
“We cannot proceed as the EACC has neither filed submissions nor a reply,” said Prof Ojienda.
Dr Mboya wants the investigation against her declared unconstitutional as it is tantamount to discrimination on the basis of sex and marital status.
“The EACC victimised me for being the governor’s wife when it sought court orders to investigate my bank account at Commercial Bank of Africa in relation to an ongoing probe against Dr Kidero,” says Dr Mboya in her court papers.
Dr Mboya describes herself as a financially independent woman who has built her wealth over the years through hard work and prudent investment in real estate and stocks.
She also says she is a highly respected philanthropist who has worked tirelessly to mentor and uplift the well-being of thousands of girls in Africa by assisting them with their education.
“I am a victim of my sex and that is why I am being subjected to these illegal investigations,” she says in her court papers.
The Director of Public Prosecutions said the warrants to investigate the accounts were lawfully issued.
Justice Joseph Onguto has directed the anti-graft commission to respond. The hearing resumes on July 25.