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Nairobi Governor Arrested Over Suspected Corruption

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Fri, 06 Dec 2019 11:56 GMT

Kenyan police have arrested the Nairobi County governor on Friday December 6th on corruption charges, a few hours after Kenya's public prosecutor ordered his arrest, Reuters reported.

The Governor, Mike Mbuvi Sonko, and his associates, were accused of conspiracy to commit corruption, failure to comply with laws related to procurement, unlawful acquisition of public property and laundering the proceeds of crime, Chief public prosecutor, Noordin Haji, said at news conference.

Haji accused Sonko of "deploying intimidation tactics and using goons to threaten law enforcement officials" investigating the case.

In Kenya, which is East Africa's business hub and richest economy, citizens and international investors have long complained of graft.

Last year, President Uhuru Kenyatta appointed Haji, a former deputy head of national intelligence, to rein in widespread corruption, after years of little action being taken to rein in graft.

Sonko, elected in 2017 and known for his chunky gold jewellery and impromptu raps, provoked a storm of public criticism this month, after he shared photos online of his dining room, featuring a gold-plated lion statue, and a gold-tinted dining table and chairs.

On Thursday December 5th, Sonko received an award sponsored by the Kenya Red Cross and UN Volunteers for encouraging volunteering, He has recruited hundreds of people into his "Sonko Rescue Team," who sweep out streets, or appear at fires wearing "Sonko" branded red boiler suits in Nairobi's poorest neighbourhoods.


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