Chaos as Sonko fights cheating claims by EACC
SEE ALSO :EACC arrests ex-deputy Auditor GeneralIn March 1998 the investigators documents showed that the governor was convicted and fined Sh200,000 or in default serve six months in prison. He was committed to Shimo La Tewa Maximum prison to serve his custodial sentence having failed to raise the fine, according to the documents.
Skipped hearingsAlso, it is reported that in March 1998, Sonko alias Gideon Mbuvi was also fined Sh500,000 or in default spend six months in prison for failing to appear in previous hearings of another case in Mombasa. It is mandatory for those seeking public and State office to fill the self-evaluation forms with EACC and they are certified by the Commissioner of Oaths, before getting cleared by the commission. In the letter, EACC Chief Executive Twalib Mbarak said the commission noted that pursuant to its constitution and its mandate as set out in the Constitution 2010, the EACC Act, 2012 and the Leadership and Integrity Act, 2012 is investigating allegations that Sonko provided false information to the commission in his self-declaration form dated March 9, 2017. “The commission would like you to respond to these allegations and record a statement regarding the same. To this end, you are required to appear at the EACC headquarters integrity centre, Nairobi on November 5th at 10am to facilitate investigations,” Mr Mbarak told Sonko in the letter.
SEE ALSO :Ex-deputy AG in fraud caseThe governor also accused EACC of intimidation given the numerous summons issued against him. In the last two months, Sonko has been summoned four times to answer to corruption related allegations. He said his troubles began after a top officer at the agency approached him, urging him to help out a friend who had grabbed a public playground in South C and was constructing a mall. “This is a personal war against me and they are trying to remove me so that they can continue with corruption. I have raised a complaint with the DCI (Directorate of Criminal Investigations) who have since cleared me of any wrong doing,” stated Sonko, adding that the agency was fighting graft ‘selectively’. “Among all the other 46 governors aren’t there any others that can be questioned with regards to corruption allegations?”
Scenes of chaosSonko's supporters had marched to Integrity Centre in solidarity with the governor, but were repulsed by police. Some were arrested and booked at the Nairobi area police station but later released after Sonko intervened. In August, Sonko was questioned over Sh357m worth of tenders for garbage collection and disposal during financial years 2017-18 and 2018-19.
SEE ALSO :Sh49m gone but no schoolElsewhere, the Media Council of Kenya yesterday condemned harassment of journalists covering Sonko's appearance at EACC. Journalist Collins Kweyu (Standard Group), Steve Shitera (Citizen TV), Jeff Angote (NTV) and Joseph Wakhungu (Milele FM) were attacked while covering the event. "The council notes with concern that instead of protecting journalists, police deliberately lobbed teargas at them in a bid to prevent them from recording the events," MCK said in a statement. It urged the DCI and the DPP to investigate circumstances surrounding the attacks.
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