Sonko links his tribulations to ‘scandalous’ Integrity Centre sale

By Nancy Gitonga
Friday, November 15th, 2019
Mike Sonko, who was arrested in Voi on Friday over graft allegations, was airlifted to Nairobi in a police chopper AugustaWestland. [PHOTO | PEOPLE DAILY]

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has sensationally claimed that the corruption allegations levelled against him have been instigated by the director of investigations at the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) in collusion with other public officers behind the fraudulent sale of Integrity Centre.

Documents filed by Sonko allege that Abdi Mohamud with his associates at the anti-graft body orchestrated the sale of Integrity Centre at an exaggerated price of Sh1.5 billion so as to benefit from the sale proceeds.

Malicious investigations

“That it has come to the Sonko’s knowledge that most of the allegations leveled against him have been instigated by Mohamud in his capacity as the director in charge of the investigations directorate at the commission, in collusion with his close allies to settle scores with him,” says the governor in court papers.    

Through lawyer Cecil Miller Sonko says Mohamud has unreasonably initiated numerous malicious investigations against him due to his uncompromising stand in zealously stopping the grabbing or fraudulent transfer of public properties within Nairobi County to private individuals in which he and his associates are beneficiaries.

 Miller says that going by Mohamud’s position at EACC, he  has the ability to abuse his office and affect the outcome of investigations by intimidating investigating officers under him.

 “Mohamud orders for concealment of crucial evidence, calls for investigation files and keeps them under lock hence stalling the investigations, literally changing the findings and recommendations of covering reports as he wishes and/or fail to forward the investigation Report to the Legal Department for evidence analysis/crime reading before forwarding to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). 

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