Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko in handcuffs on Friday. Photo/ REUTERS
Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko was arrested on Thursday in Voi by Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) detectives over graft claims.
EACC said Sonko was attempting to escape at a road block in Voi when the detectives waylaid him.
“EACC confirms that Nairobi City County Governor Mike Sonko Mbuvi has been arrested while escaping arrest at a road block in Voi and is being transferred to Nairobi to face charges of corruption and economic crime,” read the tweet from EACC.
He will spend three nights in police custody pending bail ruling on Monday.
Sonko is alleged to have benefited from irregular procurement and payments amounting to Kshs.357, 390,299 million.
This comes barely three hours after the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DPP) head Noordin Haji ordered for his arrest and prosecution over corruption allegations.
Sonko will be facing charges that include willful failure to comply with law relating to procurement, conflict of interest and abuse of office.
Other charges are unlawful acquisition of public property, deceiving principal, money laundering and acquisition of proceeds of crime.
Sonko will also be charged alongside senior County Officials, private and business entities accused of benefitting from suspect county funds.