Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko was on the run when he was arrested at a roadblock in Voi by detectives from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC).
Immediately the news of the governor’s looming arrest went viral, EACC posted on their twitter handle a confirmation that Sonko was apprehended ‘while escaping arrest’.
He was arrested hours after the Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji ordered his arrest alongside other senior City Hall officials following a review of the investigation file handed to the DPP by the EACC.
A video that has surfaced online shows an army of detectives forcing a resistant Sonko who refused to be handcuffed into the chopper that airlifted him to Nairobi.
Sonko Arrested pic.twitter.com/CfgvEYfF1K
— Nyakundi News (@NyakundiNews) December 6, 2019
"I'm not boarding!" Drama at Ikanga Airstrip in Voi after Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko refused to board a police chopper following his arrest. Police officers were forced to handcuff him.
Video: Courtesy pic.twitter.com/fOvr69D2EU
— Citizen TV Kenya (@citizentvkenya) December 6, 2019
He is expected to land at the Wilson Airport before being taken to the Integrity Centre for processing.
Sonko will be facing charges that include willful failure to comply with law relating to procurement, conflict of interest and abuse of office.
Other charges are unlawful acquisition of public property, deceiving principal, money laundering and acquisition of proceeds of crime.
Sonko will also be charged alongside senior County Officials, private and business entities accused of benefitting from suspect county funds.
DPP Haji further revealed that the Sonko case has been very challenging due to his attempts to interfere with the course of investigations as well as employing intimidation tactics including the use of goons to threaten investigating officers in the case.
Meanwhile, EACC detectives have also taken into police custody Peter Mbugua Kariuki (County secretary) and Patrick Mwangangi (Head Supply Chain Management).