Justice Mumbi Ngugi Recuses Self From Sonko Case

  • Justice Mumbi Ngugi on Tuesday, January 21, recused herself from a case filed by embattled Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko.

    The judge was part of a bench that was handling a case challenging orders barring him from accessing his office.

    It is still not clear why she resorted to the move.

    In mid-December 2019, the governor had moved the High Court seeking to have orders restraining three judges from hearing his ongoing anti-corruption case alongside his pursuit to access City Hall offices.

    Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko at Milimani Law courts on December 9, 2019.

    Sonko was seeking Ngugi, alongside two other judges, John Onyiego and Ngenye Macharia to recuse themselves from hearing his Ksh357 million corruption case.

    The governor filed the application citing that the judges are not free from bias in handling his corruption case that was expected to resume in January 29, 2020.

    Governor Sonko was arrested on December 6 at Voi, Mombasa county after the director of public prosecutions issued a warrant of arrest on him.

    The DPP indicated that Sonko was fully accountable for the loss of Ksh357 million shillings that belonged to Nairobi county.

    The development comes just hours after Coast Police boss Rashid Yakub filed an application to drop assault case against Sonko at the Voi Law Court.

    Speaking to Kenyans.co.ke, Nairobi County Director of Communications Jacob Elkana confirmed the development disclosing that the prosecution cited that the complainant was no longer interested in pursuing the matter.

    Senior Resident Magistrate Fredrick Nyakundi is set to make the ruling on the matter on Wednesday, January 22, at 9 a.m. at Voi Law Courts.

    Governor Mike Sonko in an altercation with police officers at an airstrip in Voi before he was arrested on Friday, December 6, 2019. A senior police officer had filed assault charges against the embattled governor as a result of the scuffle that ensued during his arrest.