Sonko locked up after facing fraud charges

November 23, 2010 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 23 – Makadara MP Gidion Kioko Mbuvi alias Mike Sonko has been remanded in police custody for the next three days, after facing various fraud charges.

Mr Mbuvi was first accused of obtaining Sh2.8 million by false pretence in a saga that occurred way back in 2006.

The MP who appeared at the Kibera law courts on Tuesday morning was charged with obtaining the money from Chirag Sanghrauka at Tile and Carpet Centre, claiming that a piece of land in Kwale was valid for sale.

He was also charged with another offence of obtaining Sh500,000 from Patience Chepchumba Kogo claiming he was in a position to sell her a motor vehicle.

In opposing bail, the prosecutor told the court that the CID wanted Mr Mbuvi detained since he had absconded bail a number of times, and cited one incident in April 1998 when he allegedly escaped from custody.

"Currently the CID is investigating other allegations against the accused person including one case he escaped from lawful custody while admitted at the Coast General Hospital on the 5th of April 1998, while serving a sentence at Shimo la Tewa prison for a case of impersonation," the prosecutor said.

Police have also raised concerns over the MP\’s many aliases that include Mike Munga Musa, Hamisi Musa Swaleh, Michael Muoki and Norwal Muoki.

In addition, he is said to have committed several other offences in Nairobi and Mombasa. The prosecuting officer had asked the court to allow them to hold the MP for five days to complete investigations.

"The Director of CID is urging this court to remand the suspect in police custody for five days so that he can assist with investigations since there are a number of complaints from Mombasa and Nairobi," the prosecutor said. "If released he will jump bail as he has done before."

Attempts by his lawyers Paul Muite, Cecil Miller and Alphonse Mutinda to have him released on bail were rejected by Senior Principal Magistrate Cecilia Githua who said the interest of the public was more important than that of the individual.

Some of the cases listed in which there are pending warrants include; Case 1043/2008 in which he was arrested and released on a police bond of Sh50,000 on April 30, 2008. He did not appear for plea which was scheduled for May 5, 2008. A warrant of arrest is still pending.

Another warrant is pending for another case in which he is accused of obtaining Sh13 million by false pretence from Roehr Hans Joachim.

He also has another pending case 8635/2000 over three counts of forgery, issuing a false document and obtaining by false pretences. He absconded and a warrant of arrest was issued by the then Chief Magistrate Catherine Mwangi on August 4, 2005.

He also has another case which is pending before the Nairobi Chief Magistrate\’s court.

When the court asked Sonko to explain his absence in one of the cases, the MP told the court that the warrant of arrest was issued under a wrong name and he at one point attempted to hand to the court his national identity card to prove that the names on the warrants were not his.

The Makadara MP had spent Monday night in police custody after an attempt by detectives to arraign him in court in the evening became time-barred.

Mr Mbuvi spent the better part of Monday recording a statement at the CID Headquarters on Kiambu Road before he was moved to the Kibera law courts shortly before 5pm.
He was later moved to the Gigiri Police station where he was booked in to spend the night.

Soon after the court session, police sealed off the court precincts after youths chanting pro-Mbuvi slogans thronged the area.

Members of the public found it difficult to enter and leave the courts as police weighed the situation but did not use any force.


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