Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko has been released on a 30 million shillings bond.
On Monday Sonko was charged with corruption-related charges alongside eight other suspects.
They denied all the charges before Anti-Corruption Chief magistrate Douglas Ogoti and applied to be released on bail.
The prosecution opposed the Governor’s bail application on grounds that he would interfere with the ongoing investigations by intimidating junior officers at the County government offices.
The Prosecution argued that Sonko had on several occasions threatened the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission investigators and releasing him would jeopardise their work.The prosecutor informed the court that Sonko had tried to evade arrest after the Director of Public Prosecution Nordin Hajji issued summons.
The prosecution further argued that the Governor had previously jumped bail in 1996 and 1998. He also has a pending criminal case in Mombasa County.
In his ruling, anti-corruption court Chief Magistrate Douglas Ogoti however barred the governor from accessing his office until his case is heard and determined.
Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) and the accused persons have also been warned from commenting about the matter on social media.
Sonko and his co-accused persons have been ordered to deposit all their passports with the court.
More to follow