Sonko set to face assault charges in Voi


Sonko set to face assault charges in Voi
Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko at the Milimani Law Courts. PHOTO| COURTESY

Embattled Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko is expected in court on Wednesday in Voi to answer to assault charges.

Sonko is set to face three counts among them resisting police arrest and disorderly conduct. He is accused of battling police officers when he was arrested at a Voi road block on December 6.

In the Voi case, police said they have served court summons to the governor to appear in court on Wednesday to answer charges of assaulting Coast Regional Police Commander Rashid Yakub by kicking him on the thigh and insulting others during his dramatic arrest.

The governor is accused of being unruly, abusive and violent in an attempt to resist arrest thereby obstructing police officers from the lawful execution of their duties.

On the fateful day, Sonko had thrown on a wild goose chase EACC detectives who raided several of his premises in Nairobi without success.

It took the intervention of detectives tracking his number to find him on the Nairobi–Mombasa highway enroute to Mombasa.

A roadblock was immediately mounted nabbing the governor who was dramatically airlifted back to Nairobi to face the law.

The embattled governor was charged with several counts of graft and released on a cash bail of Ksh.15 million bail but blocked from accessing his office, this setting off a chain reaction within Nairobi County which remains without a leader.

A planned impeachment motion against the governor has been shelved with both the governor and the Nairobi MCAs awaiting a ruling on Friday that will determine whether Sonko can be allowed back in office.

The case by the council of governors at the court of appeal seeks to challenge and reverse Justice Mumbi Ngugi’s ruling barring county bosses implicated in graft from accessing their offices.

The appeals court verdict will have far reaching ramifications on county governance.

There are already accusations against Samburu Governor Moses Lenolkulal about testing the court’s orders and outright defiance.

The court of appeal will either enable Sonko back in office or further cripple his ability to take charge of the county and breath life into the quest to impeach him.

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