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Sonko Released on Bond

  • Former Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko was on Tuesday, February 9, released on a bond of Ksh300,000 and  surety of the same amount in one of several cases he is battling.

    Sonko had been arraigned at the Kahawa West Law Courts in Kamiti to answer to assault charges after he was accused of invading private property in May 2019 and assaulted civilians in Buruburu estate.

    The former governor will also be arraigned later for terror-related charges after detectives indicated that he was financing the purchase of firearms and was a leader of a secret militant group. 

    Former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko during a court session on Wednesday, February 3, 2021.

    Former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko during a court session on Wednesday, February 3, 2021.

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    The prosecution team had asked that the court allows Sonko’s detention for 30 days to finalise the investigations. 

    Earlier, the governor had been rushed to the Nairobi Hospital following a stomach complication.

    He was taken to hospital in an ambulance which was equipped with a doctor and a nurse who took care of the former governor. 

    The flamboyant city politician was later wheeled back to court on the same ambulance in the company of a nurse, where the mention of his case continued. Sonko, who has been in custody for the past week, appeared frail as he sat in the dock. 

    In addition to the charges, Sonko is also accused of fraud.

    State prosecutors alleged that he demanded Ksh10 million from a Nairobi company in a flawed tender process. The firm was bidding to secure a contract to collect revenue in the county. 

    Sonko’s lawyers, John Khaminwa, Assa Nyakundi, and Wilfred Nyamu, had told the court that the former governor had been  tortured psychologically by some of the police officers, who reportedly made him sleep on the floor at Gigiri Police Station.

    Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko during a court proceeding.

    Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko during a court proceeding.

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