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DCI summons Sonko to record a statement

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Detectives have now summoned embattled former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko for questioning over his utterances on the 2017 skirmishes. 

Sonko had claimed he and other government officials planned and executed chaos in 2017 to paint ODM as a violent party.

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations-DCI summoned Sonko to appear at the offices next Monday.

The summonses were issued by the head of the serious crimes unit Obadia Kuria.

 Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho on Monday complained to the detectives that Sonko had admitted to committing a serious crime and should be prosecuted based on an own admission. 

During a political rally in Dagoreti which was also attended by Deputy President William Ruto, Sonko claimed he and Kibicho and other government officials organized for vehicles to be burnt in 2017 and blame it on ODM.

“I want to reveal here that in 2017, I and Kibicho, together with the system, printed ODM T-shirts, bought second-hand cars, then burnt them on Ngong Road to be seen it was ODM supporters that had burnt them,” claimed Sonko.

However, Kibicho distanced himself from the allegations and accused Sonko of character assassination, and vowed to seek legal redress.

According to Kibicho, Sonko’s outbursts amounted to confession and admission to his involvement in a serious crime that should be acted on.

But Kibicho denied  Sonko’s claims linking him to the same crime terming it a total lie and desperate move by the former governor.

He said he will also sue Sonko for libel.

“When you talk of assassinating someone and us burning vehicles that is criminal and can’t be left to go unchallenged. It will grow horns. I can assure you I don’t start something I won’t finish,”  Kibicho said.

“I want DCI to take action against a crime. I asked them to take the shortest time possible to investigate these claims. I was there as a Kenyan citizen who is about to exercise his right when he feels denied.”

He said the trend Sonko had taken was a sign of impunity which if unchecked will get worse.

He gave an example of miraa vans that rush on the Nairobi-Meru route with impunity with no action from authorities.

“We have come to internalize that as long as you have miraa it is ok to break the law and we are ok. It is exactly the same with the former Nairobi governor Sonko who has pretended to be all those things and he has continued assassinating people’s character by doing all manner of shenanigans since he became a Senator of Nairobi moving forward up to when he left the governorship and people have said it is ok,” Kibicho said.

“I as a private citizen have decided to break that cycle. It is not ok for Sonko to continue to make wild allegations against people – some of a serious criminal nature and get away with it. I have had enough. For the longest time whenever the former governor had a problem he blamed Kibicho,” he said.

ODM also demanded a probe and action. 

“ODM demands a full inquiry into the matter so as to establish the motives and extent of these mafia-like covert criminal acts as well as all persons and institutions involved,” said party Secretary General Edwin Sifuna.

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