The governor of Kenya’s capital city has made no secret of his love for bling: He has posted photos of a golden lion statue and a gilded dining room set, and has shown up at meetings draped in gold jewelry. At rallies, he hands out cash to supporters.
The governor has also been accused of drug trafficking, was recently seen slapping a journalist, and was thrown out of Kenya’s starchy Parliament for wearing ear studs and sunglasses. But he has faced little in the way of serious consequences, until now.
On Friday, the governor, Mike Mbuvi Sonko was arrested and charged with money laundering and unlawful acquisition of property for his alleged involvement in a multimillion dollar corruption scandal.
In a news conference in Nairobi, Noordin Haji, the director of public prosecutions, accused Mr. Sonko of “deploying intimidation tactics” and “using goons to threaten law enforcement officials” who were trying to investigate the case.
To Be Charged
Nairobi County Governor Mike Sonko is expected to appear before the Voi Law Courts, Taita Taveta County on Monday morning to answer to charges of assault.
According to police sources, the governor will be flown to Voi in the morning to take plea in a case where he is accused of assaulting Coast regional police commander Rashid Yakub.
Over 150 police officers have been deployed in Voi town to prevent any protests likely to occur when the governor is brought before court.
The governor, who is also facing corruption related charges, is also expected to appear in an anti-graft court in Nairobi after spending the weekend behind bars.
Sonko suffered a blow last Friday after a judge declined to grant his request for anticipatory bail following his dramatic arrest in Voi.
During his arrest, Sonko allegedly became violent and assaulted the coast police boss by kicking him around the calf area.