In Summary
  • Nairobi County Governor Mike Sonko taken to Milimani law courts Monday morning.
  • Lawyers representing Sonko include Cecil Miller, Senators Kipchumba Murkomen and Mutula Kilonzo Junior, George Kithi, Daniel Maanzo, Nelson Havi, Alphonse Mutinda and Harrison Kinyanjui.
  • He is also expected to answer to assault charges in Voi.
  • Over 150 police officers have been deployed in Voi town to ward off any planned protests.

Nairobi County Governor Mike Sonko pleaded not guilty to corruption charges at the Milimani law courts Monday morning.

He was charged before Anti-Corruption Court Chief Magistrate Douglas Ogoti.

State prosecutors said it wants Sonko denied bail due to his previous convictions, noting that they considered him a flight risk.

He has two previous convictions and a warrant of arrest issued by a Mombasa court.

Embakasi East legislator Babu Owino, Nandi Hills MP Alfred Keter and Kericho Senator Aaron Cheruiyot were among the MPs in court.

Lawyers representing Sonko include Cecil Miller, Senators Kipchumba Murkomen and Mutula Kilonzo Junior, George Kithi, Daniel Maanzo, Nelson Havi, Alphonse Mutinda and Harrison Kinyanjui.

He was moved from Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) offices after 7 am in handcuffs and taken to Upper Hill area amid tight security.

Community area and the area surrounding Milimani law courts had been cordoned off by anti-riot police.

DRAMA-FREE

His journey from the holding cell at Integrity Centre to Milimani was smooth, a departure from the dramatic scenes he staged last week during his arrest in Voi and subsequent airlift to Wilson Airport.

Clad in a white T-shirt, a black cap and a black jacket with golden prints, Sonko did not cause any commotion as he was led into a white van.

At the Milimani law courts, he alighted and walked to the underground holding cell.

This comes after the Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji last Friday ordered his immediate arrest and arraignment over alleged corruption.

Mr Haji said investigations by anti-corruption agency EACC had collected sufficient evidence to sustain graft charges.

The governor and a host of county officials are facing prosecution over irregular payments amounting to Sh357 million.

By choosing to cooperate, Sonko seemed to be leading from the front after calling on his supporters to stay “calm” as he faces his accusers in court.

On Sunday evening, the Jubilee politician took to Facebook to urge his backers not to stage street protests and let him “pambana na hali yangu'' (handle my situation).

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