Sonko Sheds Tears in Court as DPP Drops Case

  • Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko was on Tuesday, January 21, overwhelmed with emotions while in a Voi court after learning that the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions had tabled an application to withdraw the assault charges against him.

    Captured on a video in Kenyans.co.ke's possession, Sonko is seen, while following court proceedings, trying to fight back tears.

    He is later seen wiping the tears while saying a prayer alongside his supporters outside the Voi Law Courts.

    Speaking to Kenyans.co.ke, Nairobi County Director of Communications Jacob Elkanah admitted that his boss broke into tears of joy after the unprecedented development.

    Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko in an altercation with police officers during his arrest in Voi, on December 6, 2019.

    "Sonko was attending the Voi Court. They were tears of joy and he thanked God in a big way," Elkana stated.

    Senior Resident Magistrate Fredrick Nyakundi closed the assault case on the morning of Wednesday, January 22, ending one of the legal battles the first-time Nairobi governor is facing. 

    Explaining his decision to withdraw the charges in an interview with People Daily, Coast Regional Police Commander, Rashid Yakub, disclosed that his 'conscience had directed him to forgive and forget.'

    Speaking to Kenyans.co.ke, DPP Noordin Haji stated that he was more interested in handling the governor's corruption case and that the assault case was being handled by his juniors. 

    "I am not in Nairobi right now. I am majorly concerned with Sonko's corruption case. When it comes to corruption, we shall deal with Sonko squarely," stated Haji.

    In a charge sheet dated Monday, December 9, 2019, Sonko was charged for assaulting a police officer who was in the line of duty.

    Sonko is also facing charges related to the misappropriation of Ksh357 million from the county's public coffers, charges that saw him barred from accessing his office