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BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,3RD FEB,2021-Magistrate Douglas Ogoti on Wednesday ordered the investigating officer in former Governor Mike Sonko’s case to make sure he is safely escorted back to Gigiri police station.
Once delivered, the OCS at Gigiri is to ensure the protection of Sonko until he is presented before the Kiambu magistrate at 2pm on Thursday.
The two – OCS and IO – will be liable for presenting Sonko in court.
They will also ensure he receives drugs needed and is able to see his advocates within working hours.
The court had earlier directed Sonko’s former legal team in a Sh10 million bribery case to hand over all documentary evidence adduced to them by the state to the new legal team within 48 hours.
Sonko appeared before Ogoti after firing his team of advocates.
He is now represented by Lawyer John Khaminwa, Assa Nyakundi and Wilfred Nyamu.
Lawyer Khaminwa had urged the court to grant them an order that nobody should touch Sonko or arrest him until the next mention date of the matter before court.
Khaminwa took issue with the manner in which numerous vehicles are being sent to arrest Sonko, including a chopper, terming it unnecessary.
“Its as if they are handling a terrorist. Like we are in a war zone. We don’t have to handle it in such a manner and waste public resources. What’s happening is wrong and immoral,” Khaminwa said.
He asked the court to play an active role insisting magistrates and judges should practise judicial activism.
“Invoke your inherent powers and make an order that nobody should touch or arrest Sonko,” Khaminwa added.
The lawyer also sought an order that he be at liberty to call Sonko’s personal doctor to look at him.