Nairobi Governor charged with corruption as he awaits bail

by David Karani

The Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Kioko alias Sonko and his co-accused have denied multiple charges of corruption at Milimani Law Courts, Nairobi.

 His bail application, which the prosecution opposed, was due to be heard later on Monday.

The convoy which brought the governor who was arrested last Friday and spent the weekend in police cells,made its way through the streets of Nairobi from Integrity Centre to the Milimani law courts which was a no-go-zone for other motorists as police threw a blanket of security around  Upper Hill.

Sonko, as he is popularly known by his supporters and friends, was accompanied by several county government officials was clad in a black baseball cap, a hoodie and a black T-shirt.

A tensed-up Sonko would occasionally smile as he consulted with his retinue of lawyers. An obviously tense governor threw glances at the crowds in the courtroom as Chief Magistrate Douglas Ogoti presided over the case.

The court session kicked off at 9 am with his defence team making an application for his bail hearing, which the court ruled would be done at 2.30 pm. Among the lawyers representing the governor was lead lawyer Cecil Miller. Others included Mutula Kilonzo Jr, Harrisson Kinyanjui, Daniel Maanzo, Kipchumba Murkomen, Nelson Havi, George Kithi, Kwanga Mboya, Osundwa Micheal, Alphonce Mutinda, and Phillip Kaindu among many others.

The governor and his co-accused have pleaded not guilty to several corruption and other economic crimes charges.

The governor alongside the directors of Web Tribe Ltd has been accused of corruption and conspiracy to defraud the county government of Sh24 million.The charge sheet tabulates the other fifteen charges of conflict of interest involving Governor Sonko and Web Tribe Ltd, ROG Security Ltd associated with Antony Otieno Ombok among other companies and their directors.Predominantly, under the charge of conflict of interest, the governor is accused of receiving Sh1 million from Yira Enterprises in deals that involved hiring heavy equipment from the county government.

Under the charge of conflict of interest, Sonko has been accused of acquiring Sh1 million from Fredrick Odhiambo of Yiro Enterprises on multiple occasions, despite knowing that such funds were proceeds of crime.Sonko also faces charges of money laundering and receiving proceeds of crime from Hardi Enterprises Ltd and Toddy Civil Engineering Ltd associated with Antony Mwaura Ng’ang’a and Rose Njeri Ng’ang’a.

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