Sonko out on bail, barred from accessing office

Ex-Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko./ file

The anti-corruption court has granted Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko a sh.15 million cash bail or sh.30 million bond.

In his ruling on Wednesday, Chief Magistrate Douglas Ogoti said the bond can only be denied if there is high likelihood of the accused to interfere with witnesses.

Ogoti also barred Sonko from accessing his office saying he can only do so when being escorted to pick his belongings from City Hall.

The magistrate asked Sonko to ensure his supporters didn’t cause unrest and warned him not to incite them to do so.

The accused were also barred from approaching or communicating with witnesses in this case.

However,on the matters of Nairobi not having a deputy governor, the magistrate said the court had no powers to handle that.

The case will be mentioned on January 15.

The governor, who was arrested on Friday in Voi, has been charged with money laundering and unlawful acquisition of public property at City Hall amounting to sh.357 million.

He is also accused of irregularly awarding tenders to his close aides, forging documents and misappropriating county funds.