Sonko was arrested in 1998 for failing to attend court and also previous hearings. The governor was fined KSh 200,000 and KSh 500,000 for both cases respectively but he failed to raise the fine. He was to serve both sentences concurrently for 12 months but mysteriously escaped from jail a month after conviction.
Shimo La Tewa Prison has now said the governor should go back to prison to complete his sentence and also be charged for escaping from custody. The county boss was accused of flouting the Leadership and Integrity Act after he failed to disclose his criminal records in the self-declaration form Nairobi governor Mike Sonko could be going back to jail after Shimo La Tewa Prison told court he should go back to the facility and complete his sentence and also be charged with escaping from the correctional facility.
The prison was responding to an inquiry by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) and affirmed the governor had contravened Sections 13, 29 and 30 of the Leadership and Integrity Act, 2012. Mike Sonko had been arrested in 1998. Prison records forwarded to the anti-graft agency indicated Sonko was in 1998 convicted for two offences, including failure to attend court and failure to attend previous hearings which he was fined KSh 200,000 and KSh 500,000 respectively.
He failed to raise the fine and was sentenced to 12 months in jail. According to a report by the Sunday Nation, Sonko then mysteriously escaped from the correctional facility a month after his conviction. The EACC said the governor had previously failed to disclose his past criminal records. The EACC launched a probe into his criminal records on September 19, 2019, after it discovered the county chief had failed to disclose his past criminal records in the self-declaration form.
“That the first interested party, Hon Mike Mbuvi Sonko failed to disclose this information in the self-declaration form in one of the moral questions was: “Have you ever been convicted of any offence and sentenced to serve imprisonment for a period of at least six months?” EACC alleged. Sonko in an affidavit denied having been convicted.
The governor had been summoned at the EACC’s offices in Nairobi on Tuesday, November 5, to answer to corruption charges. His appearance in the anti-graft offices, however, led to the eruption of chaos where his bodyguards were filmed assaulting a journalist. The media council of Kenya castigated him and his team fro roughing up the media personnel.