Magistrate questions Sonko’s dramatic entrance in ambulance
Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko caused a stir on Wednesday morning with his co-accused having to wait for him in court for almost 30 minutes.
It was 11am and the Governor was yet to be transferred from the Kenyatta National Hospital where he was taken on Monday night after allegedly falling ill.
He had been at the Kamiti Maximum Prison after the court ruled that a prison doctor would ascertain his lawyer’s plea for urgent medical attention.
On Wednesday morning at around 11:30am, a Prisons Ambulance finally arrived outside the court and a battery of officers took Sonko inside.
As the Magistrate read the ruling, all the accused were on their feet, however, a few minutes later, a weak-looking Sonko sat down.
The sombre-looking Governor, dressed in a red coat; black T-shirt and trouser; red shoes, remained seated until the Magistrate finished reading.
In his hands was a red cap; for the next one hour, Sonko listened to the ruling in complete silence, a rare occurrence for the usually rumbustious man.
After the Magistrate finished reading his ruling, one of Sonko’s lawyers Cecil Miller stood up and requested to address the court.
“The letter from Kenyatta hospital says Accused One is suffering from hypertension.. meaning he should be in hospital…We therefore urge the court to allow him to go back to hospital as we process the bail term as prescribed by the doctor….” Miller said.
Magistrate Ogoti then asked: “Why did you bring him to court with an ambulance?” to which lawyer Kipchumba Murkomen responded: “We did not want to take any chances.”
The lawyers further claimed that there were officers waiting to arrest Sonko outside the courtroom.
Chief Magistrate Ogoti responded saying: “Your fear was unfounded to bring the accused to court room sick since there is an order from a Machakos court that absence of an accused persons doesn’t not interfere with bail issuing to co-accused persons.”
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