In Summary
  • Milimani Chief Magistrate Douglas Ogoti explained that it was not clear how Sonko got the invitation from office, since he was barred last December over a Sh357 million corruption case.
  • The magistrate ruled on Thursday on the governor’s application to have his Kenyan and diplomatic passports and travel documents released by the court so he can travel to the conference next week.
  • Sonko's lawyer George Kithi said he was invited in his capacity as governor to attend the 10th session of the World Urban Forum, which will take place from February 8-13.
  • The Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) opposed the application on grounds that Sonko, having been barred from office, could not travel to the UAE for official duties.

The Anti-Corruption Court has denied Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko permission to travel to the United Arabs Emirates for a UN-Habitat conference on the city's sustainable development.

Milimani Chief Magistrate Douglas Ogoti explained that it was not clear how Sonko got the invitation from office, since he was barred last December over a Sh357 million corruption case.

The court said the governor should only access the officer under the supervision of an investigating officer attached to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC).

“He needed to explain how he got the access. The court does not know how he got the letter,” the magistrate said, noting questions of the letter's verifiability, hence the need to authenticate it.

Mr Ogoti also noted that the government had not given Sonko clearance to travel to Abu Dhabi and that the prosecution said the trip was for leisure.

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The magistrate ruled on Thursday on the governor’s application to have his Kenyan and diplomatic passports and travel documents released by the court so he can travel to the conference next week.

His passports were surrendered to the court on December 11, 2019, in fulfilment of a condition for his release on Sh30 million bond or Sh15 million cash bail.

Upon release, the flamboyant county chief was to seek the court's permission to travel.

Sonko's lawyer George Kithi said he was invited in his capacity as governor to attend the 10th session of the World Urban Forum, which will take place from February 8-13.

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