Reports have resurfaced that Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko could just be a runaway criminal who escaped from Shimo La Tewa prison in May 1998.
The Nairobi Governor, Mike Sonko Mbuvi who previously went by the name Gideon Mbuvi Kioko was admitted at the Coast General Hospital when he escaped the hospital leaving the handcuffs used to cuff him to his bed behind in the 1998 incident.
Governor Mike Sonko, then Gideon Mbuvi Kioko, is suspected to have mysteriously escaped the Coast General hospital with the help of a number of the hospital staff.
In an article published by the East African Standard on the 18th of May 1998, Gideon Mbuvi Kioko is said to have escaped mysteriously and did not serve his jail term as should have been legal.
The Shimo la Tewa Maximum Security Prison has said, as seen in court documents, that the Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko Mbuvi, also known as Mbuvi Gideon Kioko, needs to be charged afresh with escaping from prison and serve his remaining sentence as nobody ought to be above the law.
Shimo la Tewa Maximum Security Prison was responding to an inquiry by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC), where it said that the prisoner Mbuvi Gideon Kioko should serve the pending sentence as well as be charged for the offense of escaping from prison.
According to Shimo la Tewa Maximum Security Prison records forwarded to the EACC, Mbuvi Gideon Kioko was convicted for failing to attend court in CF 675/97 and was sentenced to pay a 200,000 shillings fine or serve six months in prison in default on the 12th of March 1998.
The Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko is reported as having been unable to raise the fine which led to his term at the Shimo la Tewa Maximum Security Prison.
The now Governor Sonko was also sentenced to pay 500,000 shillings failure to which he would serve six months in prison for failing to appear for previous hearings in CF 1727/96.
Mike Mbuvi, the now Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko Mbuvi was to serve both sentences concurrently for 12 months at the Shimo la Tewa prison under the number P/No. SHO/477/1998
Mike Mbuvi, now Governor Sonko, was scheduled for release on the 11th March 1999 but escaped on 16th of April 1998, almost a year to his supposed release hence not serving his term and instead only served a month.
Mike Mbuvi aka Mike Sonko was to be rearrested on the 15th of November 2000 in which the Industrial Area Remand Prison signaled the Shimo La Tewa that Mbuvi Gideon Kioko had been rearrested.
Mike Mbuvi aka Sonko is considered by the Prisons Department as a dangerous criminal and was transferred from Industrial Area to Kamiti Maximum Security Prison under number KAM/1255/001 from where he was released from on 12th February 2001.
EACC has been investigating the Nairobi Governor whom all factors have been pointing to his lack of qualification to stand a state office following his criminal records and a complaint was officially registered on 19th September 2019.
According to information released to the EACC by the office of the DPP Mike Mbuvi aka Sonko has used a number of aliases with which he has been charged with various criminal offenses.
Mike Mbuvi alias Sonko has been sued for giving false information in the self-declaration form when he stated that he had ever been convicted.
The self-declaration form which seeks to gauge one’s moral standing required Mike Mbuvi aka Governor Sonko to state clearly whether he had ever been convicted for a period of at least six months upon which he answered ‘No’, which was not true.
Governor Sonko has contravened Sections 13, 29 and 30 of the Leadership Act, 2012 by failing to honestly present information to the public, falsifying records and giving false and misleading information to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission according to the court affidavit.
Mike Mbuvi aka Sonko had been summoned by the EACC on the 5th of November 2019 where he was given a chance to respond to the allegations.