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Kenya: Nairobi’s Governor denies Graft Charges

The 44-year-old former senator, Sonko, was arrested on Friday over criminal offence.

Nairobi governor Mike Gideon Mbuvi appears with other suspects accused of corruption, at the Mililani law court in Nairobi, Kenya, Monday Dec. 9, 2019. The flamboyant governor of Kenya’s capital city, Nairobi, has been charged with 19 counts of graft-related charges as the country struggles to tackle runaway corruption. He denied the charges Monday, including embezzlement and money laundering. Photography: AP Photo/Khalil Senosi

Mike Gideon Mbuvi, widely known as Mike Sonko and his associates are accused of misappropriating $3.5m of public funds and was Monday charged with 30 counts of graft-related charges as the country struggles to tackle runaway corruption.

The governor of Kenya’s capital city, Nairobi, Sonko who is known for his glitzy lifestyle, flashy clothes, chunky gold jewellery and eye-catching hairstyles.

Chief public prosecutor Noordin Haji has accused Sonko, who was arrested on Friday, and his associates of the misappropriation of 357 million Kenyan shillings ($3.5m).

He denied the charges, including embezzlement and money laundering. The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission alleges Mbuvi awarded contracts to friends’ companies, which after receiving payment, wired to Mbuvi’s accounts Kenyan shillings worth thousands of dollars.

The state asked the court to deny Mbuvi bill because he was a flight risk. The court has moved the bail application hearing to Wednesday and ordered Mbuvi be held in a remand prison until the application is determined.

 

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