Sonko detained at Kamiti Prison guarded by ATPU accused of violence, terrorism and other 9 counts


Former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko photo

Former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko dramatically shifted to Kamiti Maximum GK Prison before his appearance in Kiambu court on Thursday.

His lawyer Assa Nyakundi said he was headed to Kamiti and informed that he faces terrorism-related charges.

“There is a huge traffic jam, but I am told he is already at Kamiti waiting for a possible arrangement. We are informed that police have sworn an affidavit trying to hold him for 30 days over terrorism-related charges,” said Nyakundi.

He said police rushed from Milimani law courts and Sonko's lawyers lost track of the vehicle.

Officers from the Anti-Terrorism Police Unit(ATPU) deployed to guard Sonko.

Sonko is accused of recruiting a militia which is likely to destabilize security.

An application by the DCI attempting to detain him for 30 days pending investigations cites numerous counts against Sonko, including procuring uniform resembling military attire, which has earlier spotted wearing contravening the rules governing its use.

"That the military attire linked with terrorist groups which pose a threat to threat to national security, and hence need to have the suspect detained for comprehensive investigations."

The application follows an affidavit sworn by chief inspector Newton Thimangu.

Sonko also accused of arming his security agents with full military attire.

"That I have an intel that the suspect connected and financing of terrorism activities and he is in the advanced stage of procuring arms and ammunition."

"That the suspect is under investigation and is likely to be charged for very serious charges arising from the Prevention of Terrorism Act."

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