KENYA: NAIROBI GOVERNOR ARRESTED FOR 'ECONOMIC CRIMES' | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

KENYA: NAIROBI GOVERNOR ARRESTED FOR 'ECONOMIC CRIMES'

SOURCE: ALJAZEERA.COM
The governor of Nairobi was arrested on Friday shortly after Kenya's chief prosecutor ordered he be detained to face charges for economic crimes.

Governor Mike Sonko is the latest in a string of top officials to be hauled in on corruption charges as Kenya battles to clamp down on rampant graft.

Sonko and other country officials are accused by public prosecutor Noordin Haji of having benefited from irregular procurement and payments of $3.5m (3.1 million euros).

Haji said he had sufficient evidence to prosecute Sonko and other county officials for "unlawful acquisition of public property, money laundering and other economic crimes."

"I have therefore ordered for the immediate arrest and arraignment in court of the Governor of Nairobi Hon. Mike Mbuvi Sonko and other persons," Haji said in a statement earlier on Friday.

When, in 2017, the ruling party chose populist Mike Sonko as its candidate for Nairobi's gubernatorial poll, it was seen as a maverick move. Sonko is a controversial politician who has spent time in jail and has had to deny allegations of illegal activities, including drug trafficking.

Haji said his investigation into Sonko and his officials had been challenging "because of the repeated attempts by the accused to obstruct the course of the investigations by deploying intimidation tactics".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder if the charges are actually supported by fact; or if this is an attempt to consolidate power in the hands of the current President, Uhuru Kenyatta, the President of Kenya before the next election cycle.

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