Governor Sonko’s office releases statement after dramatic arrest
Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has rubbished corruption allegations from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji.
On Friday, a statement from his communications office termed the charges as choreographed lies.
“Reports from EACC that l was arrested while trying to run away are another proof that the body is so much interested in playing politics. Why would l run away? To where and to do what? I am a Kenyan who is always on the move doing what’s good for the people,” the statement reads.
However, a video seen by Citizen Digital shows the Governor in a tussle with police officers before he boarded the chopper to Nairobi.
The Nairobi Governor insists that he was on his way to Mombasa to close a workshop.
“…They didn’t have to arrest me. Let the DPP or EACC tell me which court we are going to as soon as possible and I will be there on time,” he said.
Below is the full statement:
I AM READY, WE ARE READY, BE READY
Today morning, l learned of the arrest order issued by the Director of Public Prosecution Noordin Haji against me and other officers in my administration.
I want to confidently state from the onset that I am more than ready for the lawful course that will help us know the truth.
As your leader, and an elected governor, l believe in total accountability, especially when it comes to management of public resources.
I have read word by word the statement from the DPP that details reasons for my arrest and nothing gives me more confidence than leafing through it, knowing very well we have the facts to dismantle this choreographed lies.
Given the fact that we are headed to court, I will not bother you with insights of what I believe is the real story against the shallow work from EACC and its accomplices in this mission.
I call upon my supporters and Nairobi residents in particular to be calm as I deal with this temporary insubordination.
I assure everyone that I shall not be intimidated and won’t be moved an inch into some political traps.
I stand for justice and I am more than ready for the court process where I will unleash my armoury against these conspirators.
As a matter of fact, my quest for justice that puts EACC on the spot over land grabbing will remain on course.
The facts will soon come out and you the public will make the right judgement.
Lastly, they didn’t have to arrest me.
Let the DPP or EACC tell me which court we are going to as soon as possible and I will be there on time.
Reports from EACC that l was arrested while trying to run away are another proof that the body is so much interested in playing politics.
Why would l run away? To where and to do what? I am a Kenyan who is always on the move doing what’s good for the people.
I was on my way to Mombasa to attend and close a workshop which was attended by my people.
I was overwhelmingly elected by Nairobians and have never skipped any EACC invite and those from other authorities.
We now have the platform we needed to shed more light on the issues raised.
Be calm. Don’t worry. Don’t panic. For justice will prevail.
I am ready. We are ready ,Be ready.
In the meantime, I have ordered with immediate effect, investigations into a collapsed building in Tasia area.
My people are on the ground to conduct probe and rescue missions.
H.E. Mike Mbuvi Sonko, EGH
Governor, Nairobi City County
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