NAIROBI, 4 February 2021 – The former Governor of the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, Mike Sonko, is under investigation for financing terrorism activities, court filings show.
The former governor reportedly funded a militia, an affidavit filed Wednesday in a Nairobi court, alleged.
“The suspect is connected to financing of terrorism activities,” the affidavit by a Chief Inspector Newton Thimangu of the Anti-Terrorism Police Unit read in part.
The document alleged that Sonko “is in the advance stage of procuring arms and ammunition using a wide syndicate which is complex and sophisticated.”
The suspect has “started arming his private security agents with full military attire namely military boots, military jungle uniforms and firearms,” the affidavit culled from investigations conducted by the Kenyan Directorate of Criminal Investigations read in part.
The additional accusations came before the Milimani Law Courts on Wednesday only a day after Sonko denied 12 counts against him, including multiple robbery and assault charges in connection with offences committed in 2019.
The Kiambu Law Courts where Sonko appeared on Tuesday ordered him remanded at the Gigiri Police Station for two days to enable police conclude investigations.
Lawyers for the former governor say the charges are politically motivated and are in retaliation for Sonko issuing a public statement linking Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho to the 2017 violence.
Sonko’s problems with the law appear to be multiplying by the day.
The prosecution has said it intends to apply for him to be taken to Mombasa, where a warrant for his arrest is pending.
He broke down crying in court as the court decided he should be remanded at Kamiti Maximum Prison for 30 days.
The gold-loving former governor was impeached last November for gross misconduct, abuse of office and corruption.