Sonko charged afresh over a Sh14.1 million tender

Thursday, September 17th, 2020 12:16 |
Mike Sonko
Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko in a Milimani Court. PHOTO/FILE

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko and three others have been charged afresh before the Anti-Corruption court over a Sh 14.1 million tender in the hire of heavy equipment.

Sonko, Fredrick Odhiambo alias Fred Oyugi -T/A Yiro Enterprises ROG Security Limited together with its director Antony Otieno Ombok alias Jamal appeared before trial Magistrate Peter Ooko on Thursday.

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 magistrate ordered the four accused persons to remain on earlier bond terms pending the hearing and determination of the matter. The case will be heard on September 21

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