Mike Sonko has killed two birds with one stone while responding to reports that he is being probed by the DCI and the EACC.
The governor’s first victim is his Kiambu counterpart Ferdinand Waititu, who was named alongside Sonko as persons of interest in Daily Nation’s headline story on May 7.
According to the piece titled ‘Sonko and Waititu Under Probe’, the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) is investigating the two governors over abuse of office, corruption and unexplained wealth.
Apparently, the governors’ cases are among high profile files that the EACC plans to forward to the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for prosecution.
The local daily further reports that Sonko, who according to investigators is not known for any major investments, has been asked to explain the source of his wealth as well as his property including his Mua Hills residence in Machakos County.
But in his response on Wednesday, Sonko dismissed the report as fake news. He also posted to social media a screengrab of Daily Nation’s front page with the words “Fake. Maybe Waititu.”
Sonko’s second victim was his longterm nemesis Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho.
According to the Nairobi governor, Kibicho was behind the “fake stories” spread by Interior Security Ministry Spokesman Chacha Mwita.
Sonko insisted that Kibicho should be held accountable for the alleged theft of Sh400 million in the purchase of Sh650 million property in Uganda in 2014.
“I insist that Karanja Kibicho should be held to account for the theft of public funds when he was Foreign Affairs PS where he bought Ugandan Embassy Land for Ksh. 650 Million while it was valued at Ksh. 250 Million making away with a cool Ksh. 400 Million of public money,” said Sonko.
Sonko wondered why Kibicho was being spared for the scandal.
He posed, “Why the case of Ugandan Embassy scandal has not been taken up and yet it is blatant theft of public money? Why is corruption and theft by some senior Government officials is being downplayed? Why are smart thieves in government being spared? Why should one be allowed to stay in office to use confidential budget to pay editors and bloggers to fight those who want him to account for theft of public money?”