KENYA detectives on Friday arrested Nairobi governor Mike Sonko over a series of economic crimes that include corruption and conflict of interest during his two years’ reign at East Africa’s largest metropolis.
Sonko was nabbed in the southwestern Kenyan town of Voi while on his way to the coastal city of Mombasa hours after the director of public prosecutions (DPP), Noordin Haji, ordered his arrest over graft.
According to Haji, Sonko and several county officials would face charges for facilitating irregular procurement and payment amounting to KSh357 million (about $3.5 million).
‘I have ordered for the immediate arrest and arraignment of Sonko and other officials for the crimes of conflict of interest arising from having received money from the county government while serving as governor, unlawful acquisition of public property, money laundering and other economic crimes,’ said Haji.
The chief public prosecutor said that Sonko together with senior clerical officers in the Nairobi county government and several businessmen will face charges of economic crimes during their arraignment in court.
He said that Sonko, who was elected Nairobi Governor during the August 2017 General elections, will face eight charges including abuse of office which is linked to the violation of section 48 of the anti-corruption and economic crimes act.
Local media said that police had airlifted Sonko to Nairobi and will later present him to the anti-graft agency offices for processing of his case in order to facilitate his arraignment in court.
Sonko in early November was summoned by the anti-corruption agency for giving false information regarding his criminal past when he declared his interest to vie for Nairobi’s gubernatorial seat.