Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has lined up a battery of legal minds to defend him in the Ksh.357 million graft case he is facing.
Sonko, who appeared before Anti-Corruption Court Chief Magistrate Douglas Ogoti and denied various graft-related charges, hired a team of 12 lawyers.
The embattled governor’s defense was led by lawyer Cecil Miller Jnr, Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen, his Makueni counterpart Mutula Kilonzo Jr, and Makueni MP Daniel Maanzo.
Also representing Sonko in the case are lawyers Nelson Havi, George Kithi, Alphonse Mutinda, Osundwa Michael, Harrison Kinyanjui, Kwanga Mboya, and two other advocates only identified as Mangolo and Philip.
The Governor and his co-accused were charged with various graft related charges including conspiracy to commit an offence of corruption, failure to comply with procurement laws, conflict of interest, abuse of office and unlawful acquisition of public property.
They were also charged with deceiving principal, money laundering and acquisition of proceeds of crime.
They all pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Also charged in the case is Web Tribe Limited, ROG Security Limited, Hardi Enterprises Limited and Toddy Civil Engineering Limited and their directors. The said companies are believed to have benefited from funds irregularly acquired from the Nairobi County Government.
The prosecution has opposed Governor Sonko bail application but has no objection to the release of the other accused persons on bail.
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