Governor Sonko pleads to fresh graft charges

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko. [Photo: The Star]

September 17th 2020 – Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko and three others have faced fresh graft charges, before the anti-corruption court over a Ksh 14.1 million tender for the hire of heavy equipment.

Mr. Sonko, Mr. Fredrick Odhiambo alias Fred Oyugi of Yiro Enterprises ROG Security Limited, alongside the company’s director Mr. Antony Otieno Ombok alias Jamal appeared before trial Magistrate Peter Ooko.

The suspects denied charges of conspiracy to commit an economic crime, conflict of interest, money laundering, and acquisition of proceeds of crime.

Sonko has been accused of conflict of interest in the acquiring of an indirect private interest, in a contract connected with a public body, on the hiring of heavy equipment by the county government. The tender was issued to Yiro Enterprises. 

The governor allegedly received Ksh 8.4 million, deposited in his five accounts at Equity Bank, from Odhiambo acting as Yiro Enterprises through Rog Security Limited. Sonko responded by saying, his right to be notified of the intention to investigate his bank accounts was violated. He claims the evidence obtained during the investigations into his bank accounts, did not follow due process, thus violated his right to privacy.

A charge is the basis of a criminal case and if it is found to be based on illegally obtained evidence, then the prosecution cannot stand,” said Sonko.

It was confirmed in court, that on the same date and place, the accused persons – with intent to dispose of unlawfully received the money in respect to the contract, jointly engaged in a transaction to conceal the Ksh 14.1 million, while having knowledge that the money was in connection to proceeds of crime.

Magistrate Ooko, ordered the accused persons to remain on earlier bond terms pending the hearing and determination of the case.

The case will be heard from September 21st 2020.

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