Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko has been granted to bail of 15 Million or a bond of 30 million by Chief magistrate Douglas Ogoti. They’ve also me warned on canvassing the issue on social media.
The flashy governor and his co-accused faced 19 charges of corruption, abuse of office and irregular payments that saw the county lose Sh357 million.
They denied the charges and applied to be freed either on bond or cash bail, amid strong opposition by the prosecution.
The magistrate also directed prison authorities to confirm claims that Sonko was sick through an examination in the presence of his doctor.
Sonko, who spent the weekend in custody, denied charges including money laundering, conflict of interest, abuse of office, acquisition of public funds and conspiracy to commit an economic crime.
Through more than 12 advocates including legislators, he pleaded to be released on bond.
Sonko was accused of corruptly receiving more than Sh25 million, through proxies including Mr Fredrick Odhiambo alias Fred Oyugi of Yiro Enterprises, who also denied the charges.
The money was allegedly deposited into the county chief’s personal accounts in different banks around the country.
In the first file, Sonko was charged alongside Mr Odhiambo, Mr Anthony Otieno Ombok, Web Tribe Limited and its director Danson Muchemi, Robert Muriithi, and agent Zablon Onyango.
Mr Muchemi, Mr Muriithi and Mr Onyango were not in court but their lawyer informed Chief Magistrate Ogoti that they presented themselves to the offices of the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) as directed.
They were jointly accused of embezzling Sh24,100,000 from the county through a tender for an electronic revenue collection and payment system.
They allegedly committed the offence between July 1, 2018 and January 31.