Kihara explained to the court that Sonko has a pending criminal case at a Mombasa court where he was charged with seven offenses and despite being granted anticipatory bail, he was yet to subject himself to the jurisdiction of the court for plea taking.
Ten months ago, Sonko told Citizen TV’s JK Live show that he held different leadership positions, including stints at three prisons.
“I was a prefect in nursery school, monitor in primary school. In high school, I was a dormitory captain.
“After that, land deals landed me in Shimo La Tewa Prison where I supervised how porridge and beans were distributed.
“I later went to the Industrial Area Prison where I was the leader of C block. Even the prison commandants are listening right now.
“Then I went to Kamiti Prison where I was the leader of the C or D block where I was remanded.
“Your past should not determine your future and you should not be ashamed of your past. I have lived in a single-roomed house and suffered a lot.
“I have been a criminal and a fraudster but I stopped that life when I became an MP.
“That’s why I’m the only medicine for these cartels. You bring a fake title (deed) I know, a fake ID card I know because I have been a thief but now, I’m a leader and should lead by example.”
Sonko was arraigned alongside the county secretary, senior clerical officers and others for corruption allegations.
The Prosecution presented two charge sheets. In the first file, Sonko, Fredrick odhiambo, Web Tribe Limited, Danson Muchemi, Robert Muriithi, Zablon Onyango, ROG Security Limited and Anthony Otieno Ombok were accused of embezzling Sh24.1 million county funds. Only Sonko, Odhiambo and Otieno were present. They denied the charges.
In the second file, Sonko alongside 16 others among them private liability companies allegedly embezzled public funds to the tune of Sh357 million from Nairobi county. Some of the accused persons were not present in court. Summons will be issued in effect.
It is alleged that Sonko on December 17 last year at Equity Bank received Sh3 million from Toddy Civil Engineering Limited, property belonging to Nairobi county government whilst knowing the property formed part of proceeds of crime. Soko in January this year allegedly received another Sh3 million from Web Tribe, which was part of proceeds of crime.
Sonko has been in custody since Friday last week. The prosecutor yesterday urged the court to deny him bail on grounds that if he is released, he will interfere with the witnesses who are junior officers and employees of the county government.
Kihara told the court that Sonko is an influential, flamboyant and public figure with a rowdy and sycophantic following who on numerous occasions have threatened and demonstrated to act outside the law.
Police set up barriers on streets around the court and diverted traffic in anticipation of possible trouble after Sonko’s supporters called for protests.
The court also heard that Sonko has used his position as governor to incite some of the county executive committee members from recording statements in other ongoing investigations and releasing him would jeopardize the investigations.
“The offences facing the accused are grave and it is in the interest of the public that he is denied bail. We will also be asking the court to ensure Sonko does not access his office pending the determination of this graft case,” Kihara said.
But His defense team told the court that there was no evidence to support the allegation that Sonko used his position to incite the CECs from recording statements.
Miller denied claims that Sonko was fleeing from the officers when he was arrested in Voi. He said Sonko was on his way to Coast when he was apprehended at Voi.
The state did not oppose the release of the other accused persons on bail but urged the court to consider the amount of money involved.
Ogoti directed Sonko to get medical treatment in the presence of prisons authorities.
This was after Miller presented a letter from MP Shah Hospital signed by Dr Esther Nafula Wekesa showing that Sonko was examined at the facility. Sonko is said to have complained of chest pain following assault on Friday evening.
“The pain has been worsening with time and patient is unable to lie down flat for examination. I recommend an urgent chest CT scan to rule out rib fractures and hospital admission for further evaluation,” read the letter.