Sonko's Bold Declaration Comes Back to Haunt Him
On Thursday, August 1, Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko declared that he would step aside if linked to corruption.
The governor, who wrote the statement after being summoned by the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC), reiterated his committed to the rule of law.
"I want to categorically state that, in the event, it is established that I have a case to answer before the law, I am ready to step aside to allow the EACC complete investigations and determination of the matter.
"I know many cartels will celebrate this move and think of coming back to swindle public funds but I'm sorry I shall still be monitoring all the projects I initiated closely, during my absence from office," Sonko declared.
In yet another radio interview on Monday, November 18, Sonko dared the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) to arrest him over graft allegations.
Sonko, during the breakfast show, he accused the corruption watchdog of engaging being compromised.
"When you investigate these people (EACC), you'll find out that they are also corrupt," Sonko affirmed.
Director of Public Prosecution Noordin Haji, on Friday, December 6, during a press conference, ordered the arrest of the governor and several county employees over the alleged graft.
Haji stated that his order was based on the investigations conducted by the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission.
"Following a comprehensive investigation by EACC and independently reviewing the investigation files, I have found sufficient evidence to warrant prosecution and I have therefore ordered immediate arrest and arraignment in court of Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko.
"Investigations into these crimes have been challenging because of the repeated attempts by the accused to obstruct the course of the investigation by deploying intimidation tactics in addition to using goons to threaten law enforcement officials carrying out their constitutional mandates," Haji spoke.
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