In Summary
  • The governor is believed to own a long list of assets, from residential homes in some of Nairobi's most expensive addresses, to a long list of high-end vehicles.
  • Sonko was on Wednesday barred from accessing his office by a court, throwing the Nairobi county government into a crisis.

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko's troubles are far from over, especially if the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) decides to investigate how he acquired his massive wealth.

The governor is believed to own a long list of assets, from residential homes in some of Nairobi's most expensive addresses, to a long list of high-end vehicles.

An investigation by the Nation revealed that the governor is believed to own at least 19 properties, 10 companies and 24 vehicles, in addition to having undisclosed amounts of cash in at least 15 bank accounts.

A source at the EACC, who declined to be named, said the Commission intends to make an inventory of Sonko's assets and ask him to account for them “just like any other person of interest”.

Sonko was last week charged with corruption involving the loss of Sh357 million in public funds.

The plan to make an inventory of his assets is not linked to the corruption case.

The governor is also expected to appear in a Voi court on Wednesday to answer to assault charges relating to his arrest 10 days ago.

REAL ESTATE

Among the properties Sonko is believed to own are a residential property in Nyari Estate, Nairobi, a residential property in Mua Hills, Machakos, known as Sonko family A and B, and Casuarina Bar and Restaurant in Buru Buru, Nairobi.

A second entertainment joint, known as Club Wakanda in Westlands, Nairobi, reportedly belongs to his daughter.

A residential house in Buru Buru and another in Greenspan Estate, Nairobi, are also believed to belong to the governor.

Other properties are a beach residential property in Kanamai, Kilifi, named Sonko Family Resort, a hotel in Kilifi known as Salama Maridadi Beach Hotel and Club Volume in Shanzu, Kilifi, which sits on an acre, and an acre of land next to it.

Others are two plots in Kwale, a corner plot next to Equity Bank, Kimeramera Hotel, a 2.5-acre beach plot, a maisonette at Diani in Kwale and a house in Nyayo Estate, Embakasi, Nairobi.

For his transactions, the governor operates 15 accounts in at least five local banks.

The 10 companies he is believed to own are registered under various names, including Sonko Rescue Team, Sesame Investment Limited, Prudoli Investment, Primix Enterprises and Nairobi City County Senator Office.

OUSTER MOTION

Also registered are Metropolitan Star Lite Ltd, Marbir Media Limited, Cyprus Holdings, Ceceka Limited and U&I Greenwich Co Ltd.

His list of vehicles is an assortment of high-end juggernauts, fire engines, buses and saloon cars.

Meanwhile, the planned impeachment of Sonko has sparked divisions at the Nairobi County Assembly.

The assembly's leadership is reading from different scripts with Speaker Beatrice Elachi and the new Jubilee party leadership on one side, while Orange party Members of County Assembly together with the former Jubilee leadership and allied MCAs are on the other.

Sonko was on Wednesday barred from accessing his office by the court, throwing the county government into a crisis.

Following the ruling, Nairobi ward representatives from both sides of the political divide have held at least three meetings over the past week with discussions over the status of the county government taking centrestage.

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