Nairobi governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko has been freed from police custody after posting Ksh15 million bail as ordered by the court.
Sonko, who on Monday pleaded not guilty to 19 counts of graft charges, was on Wednesday admitted to Ksh15 million cash bail or Ksh30 million bond or a surety of a similar amount by Anti-corruption court Chief Magistrate Douglas Ogoti.
He is expected to return to court on January 15, 2020.
While delivering his ruling, Justice Ogoti barred Sonko from accessing his City Hall office.
“If need be he can be escorted to his office by the investigating officer or any other authorised officer to enable him pick his belongings, ” said Justice Ogoti while quoting High Court Judge Mumbi Ngugi’s ruling that governors accused of corruption and abuse of office be barred from office until their cases are heard and determined.
The magistrate directed Sonko to ensure his supporters don’t cause unrest or cause “disruption to any known legal process that would disrupt peace in any form”.
The county boss and his co-accused were ordered to deposit their passports and any other travel documents in court.
They were also barred from communicating with witnesses in the case.
Seven of his co-accused were freed on a bond of Sh3 million, a surety of a similar amount or a cash bail of the same.
Sonko is accused of misappropriating Ksh357 million from the county coffers.
He is also accused of irregularly awarding tenders to his close aides and forging documents leading to the loss of millions of shillings.