Ronald Odhiambo Kidero. PHOTO | RICHARD MUNGUTIRonald Odhiambo Kidero. PHOTO | RICHARD MUNGUTI

Former Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero’s son, Ronald Odhiambo Kidero, has denied the charge of storing petroleum products that do not meet requisite standards as set by the Kenya Bureau of Standards.

While appearing before Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi, the accused pleaded not guilty to the said offence and was freed on a Sh100,000 cash bail.

He is accused of storing two tanks of diesel and gasoline which were substandard.

“On August 3, at Ridge ways Shell Petrol station, along Kiambu road in Nairobi, the accused jointly with others not before court were found to have stored the said petroleum products,” prosecution told court.

The said storage tanks contained 14,000 and 28,000 litres of petrol and motor vehicle gasoline respectively.

VIVO DIRECTORS

The prosecution wanted Vivo directors, which operates Shell stations, ordered to report to CID headquarters over the issue of supply of adulterated petroleum products.

However, Magistrate Andayi ruled that the said company has not been mentioned in the charge sheet and dismissed that request.

Lawyers representing Vivo Kenya have also asked the prosecution to avail to them the investigating report that led to the arrest and recommendation that the accused be charged in court.

They disclosed that they get all their products supplied from Kenya Pipeline Company hence want to pursue the matter with the regulator, Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC).

The prosecution said it was willing to share its reports with the defence and any other interested party in the matter.

The case will be heard on September 4 but will be mentioned on August 23 for pre-trial conference.