Senators representing Sonko in conflict of interest: Prosecution

Wednesday December 11 2019

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko at the Milimani Anti-Corruption Court on December 11, 2019, where he was freed on bail. PHOTO | PAUL WAWERU | NATION MEDIA GROUP


The prosecution in the graft case against Mike Sonko wants senators representing the Nairobi governor barred from addressing the court.

On Wednesday, after Anti-Corruption Court Magistrate Douglas Ogoti gave bond terms for Sonko and his co-accused, the prosecution, through State lawyer Joseph Gitonga, said the senators were acting in conflict of interest.

“We will file a formal application seeking to block senators present in this court from addressing the court in this matter,” said Mr Gitonga.

The state lawyer said this after Elgeyo-Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen sought the court’s intervention in protecting Sonko from any impending arrest due to his ill-health.

The magistrate dismissed Murkomen’s fears as unfounded, adding that he would have issued the bond terms even if Sonko was not in court.

Sonko was hospitalised at the Kenyatta National Hospital early this week because of ill-health.


Murkomen had explained to the magistrate that Sonko’s lawyers were concerned about the governor and forced him to come before the court for the bond ruling due to fear of the kind of allegations levelled against him.

Besides Mr Murkomen, the other senator representing Sonko is Makueni’s Mutula Kilonzo Jr.

Other legislators representing Sonko are Makueni MP Daniel Maanzo and Ben Momanyi (Borabu).

Other defence lawyers are Cecil Miller, Nelson Havi, George Kithi, Alphonse Mutinda, Osundwa Michael, Harrison Kinyanjui, Kwanga Mboya, and Felix Kiprono, among others.

The case will come up in court on January 15.