Sonko's Lawyers Caught Unawares in Court [VIDEO]

  • A photo of Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko at a Milimani court in September 2018
    Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko at a Milimani court in September 2018
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  • Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko's lawyers were caught unawares during court proceedings on Tuesday, February 18.

    According to a report by Daily Nation, the EACC had been allowed to keep certain witnesses under protection, a move that caught the governor's defence team by surprise. 

    The order was revealed during the court proceeding when the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission explained that the court had made the order by considering the sensitivity of the matter.

    In that case, the witnesses would use pseudo names and would testify in closed doors.

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

    Sonko's team, however, expressed surprise in that they had not been informed of the changes until EACC lawyers appeared in court for the case's mentioning.

    "We cannot be substituting to a matter we do not know anything about," stated one of the lawyers before taking his seat.

    They further claimed that the EACC and the Directorate of Criminal Investigations did not follow the principle of a fair trial for the failure of disclosing documentary evidence.

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

    was arrested on December 6 at Voi, Mombasa county after the director of public prosecutions issued a warrant of arrest on him but was later released on bail.

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

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