Former Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko has lamented on the aftereffects of his most recent court drags.
He says he at this point cannot provide basic needs for his family, school fees for his kids included.
In an application filed at the High Court, Sonko seeks to have released, the Ksh 15 million he gave up as cash bail in a graft case.
In an attempt to save himself from a financial meltdown, he has asked that the court have his material assets as security, instead of the amount.
I am asking the court to be allowed to deposit security in place the cash bail to enable me access the money for purposes of attending to my health, paying school fees for my young ones, pay my lawyers and cater for my daily needs and those of my family.
The distraught man further argued having no other means of earning a living, since the freezing of his assets, and it has been difficult for him and those looking up to him to provide.
He is willing to let the court have three of his high-end vehicles, whose sum is Ksh. 30.4 million, in exchange for the Ksh. 15 Million cash bail.
Sonko’s lawyer, Philip Kaingu did press on his client’s word, expressing that Sonko would attend all court proceedings as summoned.
The graft cases against him have proceeded well with more than 10 witnesses which means there is no risk of him absconding court. It is in the interest that he be allowed to substitute the cash bail to enable him fend for his family.
In Sonko’s affidavit, he only could personally raise Ksh 5 million, and had his friends contributing the other Ksh 10 million, in order to make bail.
He cleared up the allegation that the Ksh 10 million was paid by Nairobi Deputy Governor, Anne Kananu, that she only acted treasurer during his contribution.
Mike Sonko was in December 2020 charged with conspiring wit other officials, to embezzle Nairobi County funds.
The case against him claimed Sonko issued out contracts to companies after receiving kickbacks from some of the traders, amounting to Ksh 39 million.
The former administrator is facing three separate counts of financial felonies; conspiracy to commit a graft offence, money laundering and conflict of interest.