The Director of Public Prosecutions, Noordin Haji, has today, 6th December 2019, ordered for the immediate arrest of Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko and a section of senior County officials over graft allegations.
DPP Haji has ordered for the arrest of the Nairobi Governor Sonko and a section of the County’s Executive officials saying there is sufficient evidence to prosecute them for the loss of 357 million shillings of taxpayer’s money.
The arrest of Nairobi Governor Sonko, if followed by the successful prosecution of the charges, would leave Nairobi under the leadership of Nairobi County Speaker Beatrice Elachi considering the County has no Deputy Governor.
In the scenario that Governor Mike Sonko follows into the footsteps of Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu, then Nairobi County Speaker Beatrice Elachi would be expected to fill in the office of the Governor.
The order of arrest of Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko comes at a time when the DPP has faced allegations of shaming politicians by arresting them on Friday which on most occasions forces them to spend the weekend in custody.
DPP Haji once noted that arresting corruption suspects on Friday gave the prosecution enough time to gather more evidence on the suspect and that it was not illegal as will be in Governor Mike Sonko’s case.
Governor Mike Sonko and the section of County officials accused of corruption are yet to be taken into custody and it is yet to emerge whether Sonko will surrender himself to the DPP.
A fortnight ago reports 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.
It remains to be seen whether Sonko will actually prove his innocence in the accusations facing him.