I am broke, says Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko

I am broke, says Mike Sonko
Mike Sonko in court: File

Flamboyant Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has for the first time admitted he is broke and unable to provide for his family. In court papers filed by his lawyer Harrison Kinyanjui, Mike Sonko wants the court to lift the orders freezing his 9 accounts including 2 dollar accounts.

According to Mike Sonko, the Assets Recovery Agency has frozen his accounts without a clear court order and in clear disregard of the law. Sonko avers that he is thus unable to financially support his family and the many charitable projects he undertakes. The embattled governor also says the government has frozen the salary he is entitled as Nairobi City governor. “To continue freezing these bank accounts of the applicant in the manner stated here is itself a violation of the constitution,” said his lawyer.

Mike Sonko reportedly received notifications from his 9 bankers — including Equity Bank, National Bank, KCB, and Diamond Trust Bank — that his accounts had been summarily frozen following ex-parte orders the Assets and Recovery Agency obtained from the magistrate court.

Sonko’s revelation comes as a surprise to many of his fanatical supporters who are used to his flamboyant lifestyle. Sonko has always cut an image of an opulent politician and who at the same time willing to share with the less fortunate. His non-profit foundation-the Sonko Rescue Team- has been at the forefront providing essential service to Nairobians and across the country. Many however have accused the embattled governor of running a parallel service delivery with the Sonko Rescue Team. Sonko has been out of office since the DPP preferred corruption charges against him and without a substantive deputy governor, service delivery in Nairobi is likely to be hampered.

Mike Sonko recently nominated a deputy governor, Ann Mwenda, but his choice has attracted criticism and praise in equal measure. While the Council of Governors lauded the move as timely, the ODM party has since threatened to block the vetting of Ann Mwenda citing a memorandum of understanding with Jubilee top leadership to appoint a deputy governor from the party.

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