Mike Sonko at Kahawa West Law Court [Photo: David Njaaga]

Some politicians were yesterday blocked from visiting former Nairobi governor Mike Sonko who is being held at Gigiri Police Station cells. Area OCPD Julius Kiragu told Kajiado Senator Ledama Ole Kina, Kirinyaga Women Representative Purity Ngirici and Johnstone Muthama that only members of Sonko’s nuclear family are allowed to visit him.

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Also allowed to visit Sonko, the police said, are his lawyers and doctors. Muthama, the former Machakos senator, said Sonko had a right to be visited by his friends. “I have been here for 30 minutes now. I wanted to know how Sonko is doing but as you can see, the gate is closed. The police officers here are armed to the teeth,” Muthama told journalists.

Former Machakos Senator Johnstone Muthama (left) confers with Gigiri OCPD Julius Kiragu [ Photo: Jenipher Wachie]

“We have been told by the OCPD that only the three categories of people are allowed to visit him. I am his uncle, for those who do not know, but still I cannot see him. Yes, he is locked up, but it is only good that his human rights are respected.”

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Ngirici said: “Making someone look like a criminal simply because you have fallen out with him is wrong. We are living in fear. You can’t speak your mind because if you do, some funny charges will be preferred against you. We should follow the rule of law. Kenya is not a banana republic. We are demanding justice for Sonko.”