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Miko Sonko Says He's Broke, Wants Court to Give Him Back KSh 15M Paid as Cash Bail

TUKO 09/14/2021

  • Mike Sonko deposited KSh 15 million in court on Wednesday, December 11, 2019, to secure his freedom after being charged with corruption
  • In an application filed at the High Court, Sonko lamented that he could not take care of his needs since his accounts were frozen
  • The former county boss insisted that he had no other source of income to fend for his family

Former Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko now says he is broke, demands the court to allow him to access the KSh 15 million he deposited in court as cash bail.

Ex Governor Mike Sonko. Photo: Mike Sonko. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
Former Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko. Photo: Mike Sonko.

The flamboyant politician deposited the amount in court on Wednesday, December 11, 2019, to secure his freedom after being charged with corruption.

In an application filed at the High Court, Sonko lamented that he could not take care of his personal needs including fee payment for his children since his accounts were frozen.

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As a result, the politician, through his lawyer Philip Kaingu, sought to be allowed to substitute the cash bail with his other assets as security.

“I am asking the court to be allowed to deposit security in place of the cash bail to enable me access the money for purposes of attending to my health, paying school fees for my children, pay my lawyers and cater for my daily needs and those of my family,” said Sonko as quoted by the Standard.

The former county boss insisted that he had no other source of income to fend for his family.

He added that he had secured three high-end vehicles worth KSh 30.4 million which he wanted to surrender to the court as security to be refunded the cash bail.

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Accounts frozen

Sonko was dramatically captured on Friday, December 6, 2019, after Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji ordered his arrest over graft allegations.

While ordering for his arrest, Haji said he had collected enough evidence on how the former city boss and a section of officials in his administration had misappropriated public funds.

Afterwards, Sonko was informed by his nine banks among them Diamond Trust Bank, National Bank and Equity that his accounts were frozen following an order from the Assets Recovery Agency.

The order, which was ex-parte was issued by Magistrate E. Riany and the bankers suspended the former governor's accounts on December 11, 2019.

Days later, he was granted cash bail by Chief Magistrate Douglas Ogoti of KSh 15 million with an option of paying a KSh 30 million bond.

Sonko was later impeached as governor by Nairobi county MCAs.

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