There was drama at Ikanga airstrip in Voi, Taita Taveta County, on Friday afternoon after embattled Nairobi governor Mike Sonko refused to board a police chopper following his arrest over Ksh357 million graft claims.
In a video seen by Kahawa Tungu, the governor gave detectives attached to the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission (EACC) rough time as they struggle to force him board the helicopter.
Police officers were forced to handcuff him before he was airlifted to Nairobi.
The chopper has since touched down at Wilson Airport and the governor has been taken to EACC offices before being arraigned at the Milimani Law Courts.
The governor, according to EACC, was arrested while escaping arrest at a roadblock in Voi.
“EACC confirms that Nairobi City County Governor Mike Sonko Mbuvi has been arrested while escaping arrest at a roadblock in Voi and is being transferred to Nairobi to face charges of corruption and economic crime, ” EACC said in a tweet.
This comes hours after the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Noordin Haji ordered for his immediate arrest on Friday morning.
In a statement, Haji stated that he had independently reviewed investigation file by EACC on allegations levelled on Sonko and was convinced that there was sufficient evidence to warrant his prosecution.
body is so much interested in playing politics. Why would l run away? To where and to do what? I am a Kenyan who is always on the move doing what’s good for the people, ” a statement from Sonko’s communication team reads in part.
nothing gives me more confidence than leafing through it, knowing very well we have the
facts to dismantle this choreographed lies, ” he added.
The governor has been on EACC radar for months now over alleged flawed tenders that were illegally awarded.
It is alleged that Sonko was involved in forging documents, with four companies owned by his close aides diverting funds to his account.
On his side, Sonko has accused the EACC Director of Investigation Abdi A. Mohamed of being the mastermind of his woes, alluding that he is being personal on his attack.
What Next For Nairobi?
In September, the governor was on record saying that if linked with graft he will resign.
“We must sustain the fight against graft and we cannot purport to do so and remain in office after being accused. So that is a cross I will carry on my own in support of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s fight against graft,” said Sonko.
The constitution of Kenya is very clear on what happens if the position of the governor fells vacant when the incumbent county boss resigns; the deputy governor ascends to power.
But currently, the position of deputy governor is vacant following the resignation of Polycarp Igathe.
In such a scenario, Article 182 section 4 of the constitution, stipulates that the speaker of the assembly assumes the position of governor in an acting capacity.
“If a vacancy occurs in the office of the county governor and that of the deputy county governor is unable to act, the speaker of the county assembly shall act as county governor,” the constitution stipulates.
Therefore, if Sonko resigns, Speaker Beatrice Elachi will resume office as governor of Nairobi in acting capacity for a period of 60 days before the Nairobi electorates are allowed to elect another governor of their choice.
“If a vacancy occurs in the circumstances contemplated by clause (4), an election to the office of the county governor shall be held within sixty days after the speaker assumes the office of county governor, ” the constitution reads.