Court of Appeal judge Otieno Odek, Key Witness In Kidero Cases Dies

Court of Appeal judge Prof. Otieno Odek died on Monday morning at his home in Kisumu.

The family says the judge collapsed and died in the house.

Justice Odek was sworn in as a Court of Appeal judge in 2012.

In 2011, he unsuccessfully applied for the position of Supreme Court judge.

The professor was a partner at Lawyer Tom Ojienda law firm before he was appointed as a court of appeal judge. At one time the Judge went underground as detectives sought for him over links to Kidero corruption scandals. The investigation had been ongoing for about a year as per 2018.

The Judge was wanted together with Tom Ojienda over various corruption scandals. He later became a state witness.

Tom Ojienda was arrested by flying squad, DCI and serious crimes prevention unit officers after being on the run, and changing his cars and phone numbers and even houses for more than a month.

The high-flying lawyer had been under the radar of sleuths at the Directorate of Criminal Investigations over money laundering of suspected proceeds of grand corruption.

Ojienda who is the Law Society of Kenya representative to the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) had been for many years acting a defence attorney for besieged former Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero.

DCI were closely monitoring the actives of Ojienda and his posh Hurligham based practice, DCI detectives that spoke to media had claimed.

Three years ago, Ojienda was accused of tax evasion by the Kenya Revenue Authority. At that time KRA demanded a staggering Sh378 million, which included un-remitted employees’ income tax.

Ojienda was branded tax non-compliant and had his request for tax conformity certificate turned down.

Court records showed Ojienda evaded tax on his income as legal fees estimated at Sh1.1 billion received from Mumias Sugar Company and the Nairobi County Government, organisations that were both for years headed by Evans Kidero.

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