Jinked Sonko faces assault charges

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PHOTO: Courtesy Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko will face additional charges of assault after his violent behavior during arrest by Police officers at Voi along the Nairobi-Mombasa highway.

A statement from police headquarters has described Sonko’s behavior as abusive, unruly and violent as he was trying to obstruct police officers from carrying out their lawful duties.

According to the statement by police spokesperson, Charles Owino, Sonko assaulted a senior police officer during the arrest.

“In the process, he assaulted and injured the senior police officer leading the team and damaged media equipment.” The statement reads.

Due to this the police will prefer assault and other related charges against the Governor.

“Consequent to these acts of lawlessness against lawful police actions, the police will prefer assault and other related charges against the Governor,” stated the Owino.

The public has also been warned against demonstrating and if they do so to adhere to the law further assuring that the matter will be processed in accordance with the law and that Kenyans should remain calm and ignore social media messages going round.

“…we have reports that a group of individuals is mobilizing to cause civil unrest. The general public is therefore warned that persons intending to assemble, demonstrate, or picket must do so with strict adherence to the law.”

Governor Sonko was arrested yesterday after a directive by the Director of Public Prosecutions that he be charged with corruption for mismanaging public funds amounting to Ksh357 million.

It is alleged that Sonko was trying to escape to Tanzania to avoid the arrest when police caught up with him at Voi after which he was airlifted to Nairobi.

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He is currently held in police custody and will be arraigned on Monday alongside several county employees.

Sonko has so far termed the charges as choreographed lies between the EACC and DPP and has vowed to relish the truth in court.

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