DCI Releases Sonko as EACC Hunts Him Down

  • Former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko during a court session on Wednesday, February 3, 2021.
    Former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko during a court session on Wednesday, February 3, 2021.
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  • Former Nairobi governor, Mike Mbuvi Sonko, was taken into custody for questioning over chaos that rocked Raila Odinga's rally on Saturday, May 14.

    Sonko was held at a Mombasa police station from Monday, May 16, morning and was released in the evening hours of the same day after he was summoned over the chaos that erupted during Raila's rally in Mkomani.

    Police were forced to fire in the air to disperse the rowdy youth who expressed their agitation at Mike Sonko's decision to join the Mombasa gubernatorial race. 

    Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka at a rally in Emali, Machakos County on May 5, 2022
    Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka at a rally in Emali, Machakos County on May 5, 2022
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    According to Wiper Party, the Mombasa gubernatorial hopeful was grilled for more than six hours as police worked on establishing whether he had planned to disrupt the rally.

    The police noted that the interrogation was just a normal process to ascertain what really happened. Sonko, two of his security guards and a driver, have since recorded statements at the Mombasa regional DCI headquarters.

    Wiper, a party led by Kalonzo Musyoka, termed the move as political after Sonko expressed interest in the Mombasa top job. 

    On the other hand, the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has stated that Sonko should be re-arrested and charged afresh with the offence of escaping from lawful custody.

    EACC CEO, Twalib Mbarak, on Tuesday, May 17, stated the Commission has enough evidence to get the Mombasa gubernatorial hopeful re-arrested for escaping from Shimo La Tewa GK prison while serving his sentence.

    “There is someone who is vying for a governor position. He is known to have run from prison, and prison records indicate so," the Mbarak told journalists.

    "We will look for him and have him re-arrested. The law has to be respected and we cannot be a government that wants to make everyone happy,” he added.

    EACC CEO Twalib Mbarak after presenting a cheque to the Kenya Covid-19 Fund on April 28, 2020.
    EACC CEO Twalib Mbarak after presenting a cheque to the Kenya Covid-19 Fund on April 28, 2020.
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    Sonko has ruffled feathers after declaring his interest in the Mombasa gubernatorial seat. Established Mombasa politicians have vowed to ensure he does not clinch the seat but the former Nairobi governor has heavily invested in the race.

    Recent, popularity polls placed him in second position with 28 per cent affinity, 14 percentage points shy of MP Abdulswamad Nassir's 42 per cent. The ex-Nairobi governor is also the latest entrant into the race.

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