Embattled ex-Governor of Nairobi, Sonko, Hospitalised Ahead of Court Session

Sonko on Tuesday denied a total of 12 counts levelled against him. His lawyers claim the charges against Sonko were politically motivated due to public statements he made recently linking Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho to the 2017 violence.

Former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko was hospitalised Monday night after falling ill in police custody.

Police said Sonko was whisked away to the Nairobi Hospital from Gigiri Police Station in an ambulance after complaining of stomach upset.

Ex Governor Mike Sonko

Sonko was scheduled to appear before magistrates at the Kiambu and Kahawa West courts for cases of robbery and terrorism.

The magistrate at Kiambu Law Courts was set to rule on Sonko’s bail application in a robbery with violence and assault case which he denied last week while the Kahawa West court was to rule on an application by police to detain him for 30 days in order to conclude a terror probe.

Sonko on Tuesday denied a total of 12 counts levelled against him. His lawyers claim the charges against Sonko are politically motivated due to public statements he made recently linking Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho to the 2017 violence.

Some opine that the prosecution were connected to accusations he levelled against President Uhuru Kenyatta during a roadside rally in Narok after the President mentioned in a meeting that the Governor was impeached due to incompetence.

Sonko denied the charges when he was arraigned at the Kiambu Law Courts on Tuesday and was ordered remanded at the Gigiri Police Station for two days to enable police conclude investigations.

The charges read out to him on Tuesday stated that he assaulted two persons in Buru Buru in 2019, leaving them with serious injuries. The charges include assault causing bodily harm, robbery with violence and destruction of property. Sonko was impeached in November for gross misconduct, graft and abuse of office.

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