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Sonko a no show for assault case in Voi court, lawyers cite medical grounds

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko during during an appearance at the Milimani Law Court on December 9. He was charged with six graft-related offences before Chief Magistrate Douglas Ogoti/FILE/CFM – Moses Muoki

NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 18 – Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko failed to show up for a scheduled court sitting in Voi where he was set to face assault charges resulting from his attempt to resist arrest on December 6.

Sonko defied police orders to board a police chopper at the Ikanga Airstrip on the outskirts of Voi town from where he was flown to Nairobi to face charges over the embezzlement of Sh357.4 million from City Hall coffers.

His lawyers George Kithi and Larry Wambua told the duty judge the Governor was ill and could not therefore honour the court date.

The court ordered the embattled county chief to show up in court on January 21 when he will face charges.

Police Spokesperson Charles Owino said Sonko will face the law for his abusive, unruly and violent when police tried to arrest him.

“Due to Sonko’s lack of cooperation during the arrest, the National police have resolved to file extra charges against the Governor,” he said following the Ikanga Airsrip incident.

Sonko is accused of assaulting Coast Regional Police Commander Rashid Yakub during his dramatic arrest in Voi after Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji ordered police to arrest him to face graft charges.

In addition to assault, Sonko will also be charged for resisting arrest.

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