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Governor Sonko charged afresh in Sh 14.1 M case

by FAITH KARANJA

Governor Sonko who is facing several cases at Milimani Law Courts Nairobi was charged afresh at the magistrates court on September 17,2020.

He appeared before Magistrate Peter Ooko in company of three others and denied the amended charges..

Sonko, Fredrick Odhiambo alias Fred Oyugi -T/A Yiro Enterprises ROG Security Limited together with its director Antony Otieno Ombok alias Jamal were charged afresh after the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) amended the charges.

The accused persons were charged afresh after the DPP was allowed to amend the charges against them by adding two more charges against them and some particulars in the charge sheet.

The suspects denied charges of conspiracy to commit an economic crime, conflict of interest, Money Laundering and acquisition of proceeds of crime.

Sonko is accused of having a conflict of interest by acquiring an indirect private interest in a contract connected with a public body on the hiring of heavy equipment by the county government.

The tender was issued to Yiro Enterprises.

The governor is alleged to have received Sh8.4 million through his five accounts at Equity Bank from Odhiambo trading as Yiro Enterprises through ROG Security Limited.

The prosecution alleged that Sonko, his partner Odhiambo and his communication adviser Ombok on diverse dates between December 27 and 28, 2018 at Nairobi County jointly and knowingly conspired to commit an offense of corruption by dealing with suspected property in the sum of Sh 14.1 million.

The court also heard that on the same date and place, the accused persons with intent to dispose unlawfully of monies received as a benefit in respect to the contract of hire of heavy equipment jointly engaged in a transaction to conceal the Sh14.1 million whilst having reason to believe that the said monies were proceeds of crime.

The matter will be heard on September 21,2020.

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