Pending his bail and bond application ruling, a Kiambu court has remanded former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko for two days. Directing that the matter be heard tomorrow, Mike Sonko appeared before Principal Magistrate Stella Atambo.
According to the charges, Mike Sonko on May 25, 2019, forcibly and violently entered the property of Landmark International situated in Buru Buru. He also assaulted one Alex Kioko on the same other which serves as his second charge.
Furthermore, Sonko faced three more counts of assault and causing bodily harm to Musyoki Kavunda, Joel Kinja, and John Mungai. Through an affidavit sworn by Directorate of Criminal Investigations Serious Crimes Unit Chief Inspector Geoffrey Ndatho, the prosecution objected to Mike Sonko’s release.
The court also heard that the former governor is being investigated for other crimes “Your honor, the respondent being a former Governor of Nairobi has contact with the residents of Nairobi and he can easily interfere with and intimidate the witnesses if he is released on bail,” Ndatho said.
The chief inspector told the court that Mike Sonko was charged with serious offenses that would require him to serve a custodial sentence if found guilty. He added that other perpetrators believed to be the ex-governor’s accomplices were still at large.
“Your honor, our key witnesses are known by Sonko. Their statements need to be protected and redacted for their safety before they testify. If the accused is released, he will get into contact with them and inflict real fear.”
However, leading Sonko’s defense, lawyer John Khaminwa, said his client had been dragged to court over political differences.
“Your honor, we are edging closer to the dark days when abuse of power was rampant. Some people are using the criminal justice system to demean and punish individuals,” Dr. Khaminwa said.
He claimed that the affidavit before the court was “bogus and fake and only engineered to tarnish the name of the governor. The Inspector-General of Police and the DPP must remain independent and desist from being used for political reasons.”
Khaminwa urged Ms. Atambo not to be swayed by the contents of the affidavit. “Your honor, don’t be invited to consider this affidavit. Should you consider it, you will bring this honorable court to disrepute and history will judge you harshly.”
He vouched for Sonko’s reputation, saying he had been an MP, senator, and governor. “For my client to be elected to all these seats, he was cleared by the police, IEBC, and KRA.
The DCI gave him a certificate of good conduct. Sonko is a reputable person with great social standing.” There was a light moment in court when the lawyer said that if Sonko skipped court, he would stop representing him.
Khaminwa argued that Mike Sonko was actually a whistle-blower and therefore deserved protection. “The DPP and the police cannot offer protection to my client but the court can.” Out ruling he could not be considered be a flight risk, Lawyer Danstan Omari told the court that Sonko had closely associated with President Uhuru Kenyatta and other senior State officials