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September 29, 2020
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Sonko’s EACC case transferred to anti-graft court

 

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko
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A case in which Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has claimed that EACC director was  behind the fraudulent sale of Integrity Centre has been referred to the Anti-Corruption Division

Justice James Makau of the Constitutional and Human Rights Division gave the directive for further directions scheduled for today.

In documents filed in court, Sonko says director of investigations Abdi Mohamud and his associates at the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission orchestrated the sale of Integrity Centre at an inflated price of Sh1.5 billion to benefit from proceeds.

Through lawyer Cecil Miller, Sonko says Abdi, going by the position he holds, has the ability to abuse his office and influence the outcome of investigations by intimidating officers under him.

He accused Abdi of ordering for concealment of crucial evidence, calling for investigation files and keeping them under lock, hence stalling the investigations and literally changing the findings and recommendations of covering reports as he wishes. He then decides whether to forward investigation reports to the Legal Department for evidence analysis/crime reading, before they are forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecutions, Sonko said.

Sonko claims that complaints were raised by individuals regarding the building and when an inquiry was opened by the EACC, Abdi and his close allies interfered with the investigation and altered the report prepared by investigating officer Kipsang Sambai.

“Abdi orchestrated the transfer of the said investigating officer more than three times in a span of two years without any justifiable cause to frustrate him and ensure he cannot be said to handle the matter at all,” he says.

Sonko has been summoned four times in a span of three months this year by Abdi and the commission over allegations against him.

“The actions of the EACC and Abdi of purporting to investigate me on allegations of failing to declare my criminal record or previous convictions in the clearance form I submitted to them are malicious and illegal. I had already been cleared by the commission on two different occasions when I sought to vie for the elective positions of MP and senator,” he says.

He wants Abdi to step aside to pave the way for his investigation. The county chief also wants all EACC investigations against him suspended. Also sought is an order enjoining Abdi and the commission and their servants and employees from undertaking any or further investigations relating to him and having the same transferred to another competent agency.

Via- The Star

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