There was a heavy police presence at Milimani law courts on Monday as Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko arrived to face graft charges.
Security has also been beefed up at the Central Business District (CBD) after police got wind that a section of Nairobi residents was planning to stage protests over the governor’s arrest and prosecution.
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On Sunday Sonko urged his supporters to stay away from the streets.
In a Facebook post, terming himself as a ‘law-abiding citizen’, Sonko urged the supporters to stay at home or go to their usual places of work from tomorrow (Monday).
“I am a law abiding citizen, and therefore ask my supporters to stay away from the courts or any other activities that may threaten the peace. I urge all my supporters to allow the law enforcement agencies to do their work, and let the law take its course. The peace and stability of Nairobi is more important than anything else,” wrote Sonko, adding that he should be left to deal with his tribulations alone.
The governor has already been arraigned in court tomorrow to face charges of misuse of county funds amounting to Ksh357 million.
While issuing a warrant arrest on Friday morning, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji told a press conference in the city that Sonko and his cronies presided over a corrupt system that led to the embezzlement of at least Ksh357 million shillings.
He will also be charged with assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest, the police said on Saturday.
“During the arrest he became abusive, unruly and violent in an attempt to resists arrest hence obstructing police officers from the lawful execution of their duties. In the process, he assaulted and injured the senior police officer leading the team and damaged media equipment,” Police spokesperson Charles Owino said in a statement.