Following a dramatic arrest on Friday, Nairobi governor Mike Sonko appeared before Chief Magistrate Douglas Ogoti at the Milimani Law Courts in Nairobi on Monday.

Sonko and his co-accused, comprising county officers and directors of companies, denied multiple corruption and economic crimes. They will remain in police custody pending a ruling on bail application on Wednesday at 11 am.

The governor’s team of about a dozen lawyers, led by Cecil Miller, had applied for bail application, arguing that Sonko was sick and needed medical attention, but the Prosecution team opposed it saying the governor was a flight risk having escaped from prison before.

While setting the ruling date to Wednesday, Magistrate Ogoti ordered that the governor be treated in the presence of the prisons’ authority.

Sonko and his co-accused were remanded at the Industrial Area Remand Prison after the prosecution submitted that the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) cells have no capacity to accommodate all the accused persons.

The governor and his co-accused faced 19 charges of corruption, abuse of office and irregular payments that saw the county lose Sh357 million in the construction of Dandora stadium.

SONKO’S GRAFT CHARGES

Here is the long charge sheet and the specific charges that Sonko faced:

 Count 1: Sonko, alongside Fredrick Odhiambo alias Fred Oyugi T/A Yiro Enterprises, Web Tribe Limited, Danson Muchemi Njunji, Robert Muriithi Muna, Zablon Onyango Ochomo, ROG Security Limited and Antony Otieno Ombok alias Jamal are accused of conspiring to embezzle Sh24.1m between July 1, 2018 and January 31, 2019.

• Count 2: The governor is accused of conflict of interest. Sonko is accused of knowingly receiving Sh1 million from Web Tribe Limited, the parent company of JamboPay, through ROG Security Limited. The money is said to have been received on or about January 19 through Equity Bank Limited, Nyali branch.

• Count 3: Sonko is accused of knowingly receiving another Sh1 million from Web Tribe through ROG, through Equity Bank, Kenyatta Avenue branch.

• Count 4: The Nairobi county chief is accused of knowingly receiving Sh1 million from Web Tribe through ROG on January 19, through Equity Bank’s Gigiri branch.

Count 5: Governor Sonko is accused of knowingly receiving Sh1 million from Fredrick Odhiambo alias Fred Oyugi of Yiro Enterprises through ROG on December 27, 2018. The cash was received through Equity Bank’s Four Ways branch. According to the charge sheet, the county hired unspecified “heavy equipment” from Yiro.

• Count 6: The county CEO is accused of receiving Sh1 million from Yiro through ROG on December 27, 2018. The cash was deposited into his account at Equity’s Nyali branch.

• Count 7: Sonko is accused of knowingly receiving Sh1 million from Mr Odhiambo through ROG on December 28, 2018. The prosecution says the cash was received through Equity Bank’s Kwale branch.

• Count 8: Sonko is accused of receiving Sh1 million from Yiro through Equity’s Nyali branch on December 28, 2018. The alleged irregular payments were a facility by ROG.

• Count 9: The governor allegedly received Sh1 million from Mr Odhiambo through ROG on December 27, 2018. The money was deposited into his account at Equity’s Kenyatta Avenue branch.

Count 10: Sonko is accused of unlawfully receiving Sh400,000 from Mr Odhiambo on December 28, 2018, through Equity’s Kenyatta Avenue branch. The payments were facilitated by ROG.

 Count 11: The governor allegedly pocketed Sh1 million from Mr Odhiambo and Yiro through ROG on December 28, 2018. The illegal payments were done through Equity’s Kenyatta Avenue branch.

• Count 12: Sonko is accused of receiving Sh8.4 million in proceeds of crime, contrary to Section 4 of Proceeds of Crime and Anti-Money Laundering Act. He is accused of receiving the cash from Mr Odhiambo between December 27 and 28, 2018 at Equity Bank.

• Count 13: The governor is accused of receiving proceeds of crime – Sh3 million – from Web Tribe – on or about January 19 at Equity Bank.