Governor Sonko  pleads not guilty to over 10 counts of corruption

Governor Sonko pleads not guilty to over 10 counts of corruption

 BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,9TH DEC 2019-Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko  has formally been charged in court , denying more than 10 counts related to money laundering, receiving bribes and conflict of interest in a Sh357 million scandal.

Sonko pleaded “not guilty” to all the charges when he was arraigned before anti-corruption court magistrate Douglas Ogoti, in a packed court that was secured by anti-riot police officers.

Heavily armed anti-riot police officers were deployed around the court precincts following reports his supporters were planning to hold demonstrations, including the city centre to protest his arrest.

Sonko was escorted to court at 7 am in handcuffs, amid tight security.

Former County Secretary Peter Kariuki and former procurement head Patrick Mwangangi are among 13 other suspects including tender committee members and directors of firms awarded questionable contracts.

Haji  stated that the officials were found capable of  conflict of interest having, “facilitated and/or benefitted from the irregular procurement and payments amounting to Sh357, 390,299 million.”

 

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