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Nairobi Governor Sonko denies corruption charges

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

His bail application will be heard at 2.30pm. The prosecution has opposed his bail application. On a wet Monday morning, a convoy of cars wove through the streets of Nairobi CBD on their way from the Integrity Centre to the Milimani law courts which was a no-go-zone for other motorists as police threw an iron ring of security around  Upper Hill where they are situated. Inside a white van was the Nairobi County Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko who was awaiting his long day.

Sonko, who was accompanied by several county government officials entered the courtroom clad in a black baseball cap, a military-themed hoodie and a black T-shirt. A tensed-up Sonko would occasionally smile as he consulted with his lawyer. He would stroke his chin and throw an occasional look at the Chief Magistrate Douglas Ogoti who was presiding over the case.

The court session kicked off at 9am with his defence team making an application for his bail hearing, which the court ruled would be done at 2.30pm. Sonko’s lead lawyer Cecil Miller introduced his colleagues ahead of the plea taking.

They include Mutula Kilonzo Jr, Harrisson Kinyanjui, Daniel Maanzo, Kipchumba Murkomen, George Kithi, Kwanga Mboya, Alphonce Mutinda, and Phillip Kaindu among many others. The governor and his co-accused have pleaded not guilty of 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 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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