In Summary
  • High Court Judge John Onyiengo last evening declined his request, noting that the governor did not prove his constitutional rights were being violated.
  • He will be charged alongside seven officials in his administration and businesspeople over procurement irregularities worth Sh357 million.

Embattled Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko’s bid to block his prosecution over corruption allegations and seek bail following his dramatic arrest in Voi Friday flopped.

High Court Judge John Onyiengo last evening declined his request, noting that the governor did not prove his constitutional rights were being violated.

Through lawyer Cecil Miller, Mr Sonko sued the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) , the Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI), Attorney General, Inspector General of Police, Independent Policing Oversight Authority and the director of investigations at the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC), Mr Abdi Mohamud.

Mr Sonko was arrested following an order by DPP Noordin Haji directing that he be charged with corruption-related charges together with officials in his administration and several businesspeople.

Mr Sonko was nabbed in Voi and will be charged alongside seven officials in his administration and businesspeople over procurement irregularities worth Sh357 million.

COMPROMISED PROBE

At the same time, Mr Haji warned that any attempts to instigate social unrest and incite the public will be “countered with whole government response”.

“Members of the public are advised not to allow themselves to be used as human shields in the defence of these officials charged. Any person who engages in such behaviour will be dealt with by the whole of government and held individually liable,” he said.

Sonko’s lawyer, Mr Miller, protested his arrest over what he termed as crimes arising from mere conflict of interest.

He described the charges of unlawful acquisition of public property, money laundering and other economic crimes, which Mr Sonko is set to face, as ones emanating from biased and subjective investigations.

Even though he has already challenged the manner in which investigations against him were conducted in a separate suit set to be heard on Monday, his lawyer specifically asked the court on Friday to consider sparing him from being detained in police custody and being prosecuted.

“He is apprehensive that by the time the other case comes up for hearing on Monday, the sued parties would have already effected the protective orders he is seeking from the court,” said Mr Miller.

CRIMINAL PAST

He later pleaded with the court to release him on reasonable bond terms pending his arraignment before a magistrate’s court.

“There is urgent need for this court to issue conservatory orders pending the hearing and determination of this matter; he is ready and willing to deposit security in court as directed,” said Mr Miller.

Mr Sonko has been trying for the past one week to stop his arrest and prosecution over allegations that he escaped from prison.

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