Former Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero’s son, Ronald Odhiambo has been acquitted of charges of storing and selling adulterated fuel.
Odhiambo was acquitted by Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi of Milimani law courts after prosecution witnesses drawn from the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA) failed to appear in court to testify.
Andayi noted that the State acted in a manner that showed that it was not interested in the prosecution of the case.
“In the circumstances and since the court has not had any witness in the matter, I, therefore, have the case terminated under section 202 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CPC). The accused person is consequently acquitted under section 202 of the CPC,” Andayi ruled.
Odhiambo was arrested and charged in 2018 over accusations of storing and selling petroleum products that failed to meet the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) requirements.
The court heard that he committed the said offense on August 3rd, 2018 at Ridgeways Shell petrol station along Kiambu Road in Nairobi.
The prosecution claimed he was found in possession of 14,000 liters of petrol and 28,000 liters of diesel all of which were substandard.
The charge sheet indicated that the products had been stored in two tanks at the filling station. Odhiambo pleaded not guilty to the charges.