Following orders issued by the Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji on Friday morning demanding the immediate arrest and prosecution of Nairobi county governor Mike Sonko over allegations of corruption, the county boss has finally been apprehended.
Sonko was abord a SGR train in Voi en route to Mombasa when the arrest happened.
According to Haji, the governor and his staff face charges of conspiracy to commit economic crimes, willful failure to comply with the law and conflict of interest.
Other crimes Sonko will be charged with are conflicts of interest arising from having received monies from the county while serving as governor, unlawful acquisition of public property, money laundering and other economic crimes.
“I have directed the EACC to effect the immediate arraignment before the court of the accused person named herein below. Officers from the Nairobi city government who facilitated and benefited from irregular procurement amounting to Sh 357,390 299.
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 of Nairobi while serving as governor, unlawful acquisition of public property, money laundering and other economic crimes,” Haji said.
Others also to be charged alongside Sonko are Peter Mbugua Kariuki (County Secretary), Patrick Mwangang’i (Head Supply Chain Management), Negotiation Tender Opening and Evaluation Committee members Samuel Ndung’u Mwangi, Edwin Kariuki Murimi, Lawrence Mwangi, Preston Mwandiki.
Others are senior clerical officers Wambua Ndaka, Andrew Nyasiego alongside private persons and companies that benefited from funds illegally acquired from the Nairobi county government.