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Graft: Sonko Charged Afresh For Demanding Sh10M Bribe

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Embattled Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko has denied fresh abuse of office charges during an appearance before Anti-Corruption Magistrate Douglas Ogoti on Monday morning.

Sonko and his co-accused are facing 14 counts ranging from conspiracy to commit an offence of corruption, acquisition of proceeds of crime, conflict of interest, Money laundering to abuse of office.

The arraignment of the Nairobi Governor coming after Ogoti dismissed an application by accused persons in the case that sought to delay plea taking under the pretext that the prosecution had not alerted them of its decision to introduce a new charge sheet before last Monday when they appeared in court.

Ogoti had directed the Nairobi governor to appear in court today to plead to fresh graft charges after the director of public prosecutions amended the graft charges facing Sonko to include abuse of office charges.

In the amended charge sheet, Sonko, ROG security Limited and Antony Otieno Ombok are facing a Ksh. 10 million graft case.

The case will continue this afternoon with three protected witnesses set to give their testimony. The court will provide a witness box for the three with pseudo names used to protect their identity.

Governor Sonko is also facing charges of economic crimes, unlawful acquisition of property and irregular payments that saw Nairobi County allegedly lose Ksh 357 million.


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