War on graft:Governor Sonko to be charged afresh in Ksh.357M graft case

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BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,7TH SEPT,2020-Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko will be charged afresh next Monday after the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) amended the charge sheet to include an abuse of office charge.

Sonko is facing economic crimes, unlawful acquisition of property and irregular payments charges.

On Monday, the anti-corruption court noted that the case which will take 28 days will be allocated 5 hours daily with no adjournments allowed.

The prosecution has also ruled out the possibility of a plea bargain, saying that they have not been approached by the defense.

20 witnesses are lined up for the case in which the Nairobi county is said to have lost Ksh.357million in dubious deals.

The court has since directed the prosecution to give a chronology of how witnesses will be called to the stand, seven days to the hearing.

Sonko, in count one, is charged – alongside Fredrick Odhiambo alias Fred Oyugi, ROG Security Limited and Antony Otieno Ombok alias Jamal – of conspiring to commit an offence of corruption and dealing with suspect property in the sum of over Ksh.14 million in respect of a contract

The embattled Nairobi governor is also charged with another count of conflict of interest where he is alleged to have received Ksh.8.4 million from Fredrick Odhiambo alias Fred Oyugi, T/A Yiro Enterprises, through ROG Security Limited.

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