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Sonko to be charged this morning

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Former Nairobi governor Mike Sonko who spent the night behind bars will Tuesday morning be presented in court as detectives seek more time to hold him over his claims on the 2017 election chaos.

Sonko a close Ruto ally recently alleged that he and Interior PS Karanja Kibicho were involved in planning the violence witnessed during the disputed poll.

On Monday, Sonko presented himself to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) headquarters after spending the entire morning chasing after a court order to stop detectives from questioning him, but in vain.

His lawyer, John Khaminwa, said the High Court dismissed the application filed in the morning, forcing the former governor to honour the summons.

Sonko wanted the court to issue an order against the decision of Assistant Inspector-General of Police and DCI head of Investigations John Kariuki from summoning him to record statements on the 2017 poll chaos.

In his application, the politicians had claimed that the DCI summons was a mere ploy to lure him into police arrest.

After failing in that attempt, the former governor made a quiet entry into the Mazingira complex without his usual charade, accompanied by his lawyers and sat quietly waiting to be ushered in minutes after arriving.

And besides the two charges that the DCI is investigating him for, the former governor is likely to face seven counts of robbery with violence and five counts of assault for incidents that were investigated by the DCI in Buruburu.

Yesterday, the flamboyant politician was expected to shed light on claims he made at a public rally that together with Dr Kibicho, they planned violence in Nairobi so that ODM party may be portrayed as violent.

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