Nairobi Governor pleads not guilty to graft charges


The Governor of Nairobi County, Mike Sonko has pleaded not guilty to more than 30 counts of corruption and other economic crimes.

Governor Sonko was accused of conspiracy to commit corruption, failure to comply with laws related to procurement, unlawful acquisition of public property and laundering the proceeds of crime to the tune of over $3m.

Police set up barriers on streets around the court and diverted traffic in anticipation of possible protests by his loyalists.

In a statement posted on his social media accounts on Sunday, Sonko, a member of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s ruling Jubilee Party, said that his arrest was politically motivated.

Sonko was elected governor in 2017. The former senator is a controversial figure, known for his flamboyant lifestyle, flashy clothes, expensive jewelry, and eye-catching hairstyles.

He runs fleets of personally branded fire trucks, ambulances and hearses to assist slum dwellers.

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