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Sonko to be charged with terrorism offences

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Former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko was taken to Kamiti Prison as the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) prepared terror charges against the embattled flamboyant politician.

However, he was transferred back to Gigiri police station cells on Wednesday evening pending the hearing of an application in which the police seek to have him detained for 30 days as they carry out investigations over his alleged involvement in terrorism activities.

Chief Inspector Newton Thimangu of the Anti-Terrorism Police Unit said in an affidavit that Sonko is “recruiting a militia group to disrupt the peace and stability of the nation leading to anarchy which can escalate to civil disobedience of law and order to the detriment of peace-loving Kenyans”.

Yesterday one of his lawyers, Assa Nyakundi, said he heading to Kamiti where he was informed Sonko was scheduled to face terrorism-related charges.

“There is a huge traffic jam but I am told he is already at Kamiti waiting a possible arraignment. We are informed police have sworn an affidavit seeking to hold him for 30 days over terrorism-related charges,” said Nyakundi.

Sonko was being guarded by officers from Anti-Terrorism Police Unit, which deals with terrorism suspects.

The embattled former Nairobi Governor had earlier appeared at the Milimani law courts for his corruption related charges and today he will appear before the Kahawa West Law court – a new court for the hearing of terror cases – on Thursday for the hearing of the application.

Sonko had expected a smooth and eventless return to Gigiri police station as he awaited appearance at the Kiambu court for a decision about his bail application in relation to 12 assault and robbery charges.

But his day was turned upside down when he learnt that new charges await him.

The Judiciary last year opened the Kahawa West law court inside Kamiti Prison.

The new court where Sonko was to take a plea as per the police is the first and largest court in Kenya dedicated to counter-terrorism and related high-risk cases.

Thimangu says the former governor has been wearing military attire that is associated with terrorist groups who pose a national security threat to the sovereignty of the country and hence the need to have the suspect detained for comprehensive investigations.

“The suspect herein has started arming his private security agents with full military attire namely military boots, military jungle uniforms and firearms.

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