22.8 C
Abuja
Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Embattled Nairobi governor Sonko set for bail hearing

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko was due back in court on Wednesday for a ruling on a bail application which will determine whether the county chief arrested on graft charges on Friday will be set free.

Sonko denied charges levelled against him by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) on Monday when he appeared before Chief Magistrate Douglas Ogoti at the Milimani Law Courts.

The Public Prosecutor accused Sonko of irregularly awarding tenders totaling Sh357.4 million ($3.52m) out of which he and eight other City Hall officials accrued benefits.

Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji said they, “facilitated and/or benefitted from the irregular procurement and payments amounting to Sh357, 390,299.00 or $3.52m.”

Sonko also faced an assault charge over a scuffle in Voi on Friday when he is said to have injured a senior police officer while resisting arrest.

EACC said he was fleeing to escape arrest.

“EACC confirms that Nairobi City County Governor Mike Sonko Mbuvi has been arrested while escaping arrest at a roadblock in Voi and is being transferred to Nairobi to face charges of corruption and economic crime,” the anti-graft agency tweeted on Friday.

During a court appearance on Wednesday, Ogoti ordered that Sonko be remanded until Wednesday when he would render a determination on a bail application by his counsel including Senators Kipchumba Murkomen (Elgeyo Marakwet) and Mutula Kilonzo Jnr (Makueni).

Leave a Reply

Leave a Reply

Leave a Reply

Latest News

Over a hundred foreign nationals arrested in South Africa following protests

South African police have rounded up more than 100 undocumented foreign nationals in a township north of Johannesburg following days of protests over the...

Ivory Coast’s Soro insists he remains presidential candidate despite warrant

Former Ivory Coast rebel leader Guillaume Soro said on Tuesday he would not drop out of presidential elections despite an arrest warrant out against...

Brexit: UK govt asked to lower salary threshold for migrants to fill job vacancy

Britain should cut a salary threshold for migrants to 25,600 pounds ($33,650) a year to help fill jobs after Brexit, a government commissioned report...

Rwanda deploys drones to destroy malaria-bearing mosquitoes

Rwanda's government has started spraying insecticides in mosquito-breeding sites using drones.The head of the malaria division at Rwanda Biomedical Centre told the BBC that...

Suspected Islamist militants storm market in Burkina Faso killing dozens

Suspected militants have killed dozens of people in the latest attack in Burkina Faso’s restive northern region, where jihadists have been carrying out frequent...

Mali to hire 15 000 teachers to break nationwide strike over pay

Mali began recruiting some 15 000 teachers on Monday, the government said, in order to break a nationwide strike which began last week over...

Africans in China lockdown see no escape, feel trapped

The normally bustling supermarket in Wuhan was deserted, looking more foreign than ever. Khamis Hassan Bakari walked the aisles and saw just two other...

Man drives truck over 18-months-old in Pretoria, South Africa

A South African man has been charged with culpable homicide after he allegedly drove his Ford Ranger truck over an 18-month-old toddler on Monday,...

Amnesty International condemns Ethiopia for mass arrest of Oromo people

Leading rights group Amnesty International says that at least 75 supporters of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) have been arrested in Ethiopia, as a...

Nigerian international Orji Okonkwo ‘feels lucky’ to play under Thierry Henry

Nigeria youth international Orji Okonkwo feels lucky to return for a second loan spell with Major League Soccer (MLS) side Montreal Impact under manager...

More Articles Like This

- Advertisement -
%d bloggers like this: