Sonko’s Shimo La Tewa History Haunts Him In New Case
Nairobi governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko was today charged with 19 counts including conflict of interests,graft,proceeds to commit crime,using goons as security among other charges.
Appearing before anti-corruption court presided over by Douglas Ogoti, Sonko denied all charges against him.
The prosecution side led by James Kihara wants court not to give him bail saying the accused is flight risk, and being governor he will intimidate witnesses as some are his junior officers at the county.
Kihara also cited the fact that Sonko had earlier escaped from jail when serving at Shimo la Tewa Prison.
“The accused has a criminal record we have a letter from the commissioner of prisons that he escaped jail, the accused person also tried to escape when being sought by police before being arrested in Voi , he has been in several occasions incited his officers not to record statement during investigations …” Kihara told court.
He further requested court that should Sonko be given bail, he should be barred from accessing his office,he should not transact county business as in the case of Samburu Governor Lenokulal and Governor Waititu Babayao.
However, sonko’s lawyer Cecil Miller differed with the prosecution saying that the prosecution has not proved its claims with evidence.
“Sonko was a member of Parliament and a senator …we don’t understand why these cases are being paraded before you now your honou.” Miller stated.