Sonko fails to appear for hearing, court told he is due for operation


Embattled former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko at a Kiambu court on February 2, 2021.
PHOTO | Embattled former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko at a Kiambu court on February 2, 2021.

Former Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko has been ordered to appear in court on Thursday for the mention of the case where he is charged with fraud.

The court re-issued its production orders from Monday after he failed to appear in court on Tuesday morning.

The court was told that there is an order barring the police from interrogating and even taking Sonko from the hospital.

According to the Deputy OCS Ezekiel Lulei, the order was issued by the Anti – terrorism Police Unit (ATPU) court in Kamiti.

In the ruling, the trial magistrate noted that the order has not mentioned that he is unable to appear in court or he is unfit to stand trial.

On Tuesday, the defense team led by lawyer John Khaminwa urged the court not to interfere with hospital procedure.

“We urge the court to consider all that. It is unfortunate that the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) and the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) are eager to prosecute this matter,” he said.

Further, the court was told that Sonko is due for a hip operation in South Africa.

On Wednesday, Sonko’s pending court case at the ATPU Kamiti is expected to be mentioned.

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