Sonko Released From Prison

  • UPDATE: At about 8 p.m. on Wednesday, December 11, Governor Mike Sonko finally secured his release after posting a cash bail of Ksh15 million. 

    Senator Kipchumba Murkomen, who led his legal team of 12 lawyers announced the development on social media several hours after the Anti-Corruption Court in Milimani granted him bail.

    "After a long day’s work, the Governor is out. Now let’s focus on making devolution work!" Murkomen posted on Facebook.

    Governor Mike Sonko with his lawyers Mutula Kilonzo Jnr and Kipchumba MuRKOMEN.

    Anti-Corruption Court Chief Magistrate Douglas Ogoti ruled that Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko was barred from appointing his deputy.

    The Governor was on Wednesday, December 11, released on a Ksh15 million cash bail or Ksh30 million bond and a surety of a similar amount.

    In his ruling, Magistrate Ogoti referenced Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu's trial, going on to ban the governor from accessing his county offices unless in the company of Investigative Officers.

    He was also ordered to submit his passport to the courts and warned against interfering with witnesses or commenting on the case even on social media, in addition, the Magistrate ordered him to ensure that his supporters maintained peace in the city.

    Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko at the Milimani Law Courts during his bail hearing, December 11, 2019.

    The embattled governor arrived at the court on an ambulance from Kenyatta National Hospital, where he had been receiving treatment.

    Magistrate Ogoti had ordered that he be examined by medical doctors at Kamiti Maximum Security Prison, which they did and recommended his transfer to KNH.

    His lawyers Cecil Miller and Kipchumba Murkomen revealed that the governor had been treated for acute hypertension and soft tissue damage, which necessitated treatment via intravenous injection.

    Sonko had been arrested by detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) on Friday, December 7 in Voi.

    The Director of Public Prosecution Noordin Haji made the announcement for his arrest in a press conference on the same day, going to state that his decision was based on investigations conducted by the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission.

    Sonko appeared at Milimani Law Courts with a powerful team of 12 lawyers led by Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen, Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo Junior and Makueni MP Dan Maanzo.

    Other lawyers were Nelson Havi, Cecil MillerGeorge KithiAlphonse MutindaOsundwa Michael and Harrison Kinyanjui

    Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko (left) at Milimani Law Courts in Nairobi on Monday, December 9, 2019, with his lawyers