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Setback to former Nairobi governor Sonko in graft case as court make major ruling

Former Nairobi governor Mike Sonko has suffered yet another blow in his graft case where he was accused of misappropriating County funds to the tune of 357 million during his tenure as the Nairobi County governor.

The ex-governor had earlier applied for a request to the court to postpone his prosecution pending a ruling on his petition where he claims his right for a fair trial was not provided.

His application however did not bear any fruit after justice James Wakiaga yesterday dismissed it while stating that the former County chief did not table any evidence to warrant the same.

Wakiaga added that Sonko will not suffer any prejudice in the process of proceeding with the case as they wait for a ruling on his application.

He also warned of interference with the administration of justice should the case be postponed further.

“An order for stay of proceedings, particularly stay of criminal proceedings is made sparingly and only in exceptional circumstances,” Justice Wakiaga ruled.

The former governor’s case is now set to be mentioned on March 23, 2021, before the Deputy Registrar of the High Court.

The new development comes barely a fortnight after he was freed on bond in his assault and robbery with violence case on February 9, 2021, by the Kiambu court.

He is also facing terror-related charges where he is supposed to be rained at the Kahawa law courts after the hearing of this case.

He is accused of among others, financing terrorism activities, in the purchase of firearms, and being the leader of a terror group

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