Former Nairobi County governor Mike Sonko has breathed a sigh of relief after the High Court ruling temporarily suspended a Ksh 10 million graft case against him.
The former County chief has been on and off the courts with the graft case pitching him allegedly having been committed between January 10 and 19, 2019 within the city, while he was the governor.
The former Senator was accused of having demanded a Ksh. 10 million bribe from Web Tribe Ltd through ROG Security Limited as a bribe to facilitate their payments by the county government under his tenure.
While delivery his ruling yesterday evening, Thursday 3, 2021, High court judge James Wakiaga noted that the suspension is upheld until June 23rd 2021.
He stopped further prosecution of the former Makadara lawmaker on the corruption before Magistrate Douglas Ogoti pending a hearing on the Magistrate seeking to bar him from the case.
“l do hereby grant the petitioner(Sonko) temporary conservatory orders up to June 23, 2021. The orders are in respect to Anti-Corruption case number 1 of 2020,” came Justice Wakiaga’s ruling.
This follows a move by the former County chief in March to the High Court’s Anti-Corruption Division amid claims that magistrate Ogoti was biased and wanted him stopped from handling his graft case.
He requested his case to be assigned to another magistarte for a fair trial adding that he stands to suffer irreparable damage should Ogoti continue with the hearing of the case against him.
The case saw Sonko’s team of lawyers led by Dr. John Khaminwa walk out of the court hearing claiming bias by trial magistrate Mr. Douglas Ogoti.
They complained that Mr Ogoti declined to give them enough time to get evidence from the first lot in preparation for Mr Sonko’s defence.