Sonko finally freed from custody

November 29, 2010 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 29 – Makadara MP Gidion Mbuvi alias Mike Sonko walked to freedom on Monday afternoon after spending a week in custody.

Mr Mbuvi was released shortly after 5pm from the Kileleshwa police station where he had been held since last Tuesday when he was charged with two cases of fraud.

Business at Kibera law courts and later at the Kileleshwa police station came to a standstill as his supporters blocked nearby roads as they waited for his release.

After his release, Mr Mbuvi was taken to Industrial Area police station for formal clearance as that was the police station where the offence was earlier reported.

Traffic on the busy Jogoo road was also disrupted as hundreds of cars in his convoy snaked through to Buruburu.

Earlier on Monday, police shot in the air to disperse the Makadara MP’s supporters who were protesting outside the Kibera law courts demanding his release.

He was released on bail on Friday but couldn’t manage to secure a surety on time and was forced to spend the weekend at the Kileleshwa police station.

His supporters have been thronging the Kibera law courts since his arrest affecting the smooth running of court business.

The youths chanting; “Tunataka Sonko wetu….woi woi tunataka Sonko aachiliwe” had blocked the entrance to the law courts on Monday morning.

Police had initially objected to his release arguing they had not completed investigations in a number of cases the Makadara legislator is facing but relaxed their stance when the case was mentioned on Friday.

The court granted Mr Mbuvi a bond of Sh1 million in a case in which he is accused of obtaining Sh2.8 million by false pretence from Tile and Carpet Centre way back in 2006.

The MP allegedly obtained the money as a 10 percent down payment for the sale of a piece of land in Kwale claiming that it 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 this charge, he was given a bond of Sh500,000 or a cash bail of Sh300,000.

When Mr Mbuvi’s bid to be freed was opposed on Tuesday, the prosecutor had told the court that the CID wanted him detained since he had jumped bail a number of times, and cited one incident in April 1998 when he allegedly escaped from custody.

But Mr Mbuvi denied the accusation, saying he was freed from detention by the High Court.


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