Since the former Nairobi County governor Mike Sonko claimed to have been one of the masterminds behind 2017 polls chaos in Nairobi that were blamed on the ODM party. His troubles began.
Sonko, while speaking in Dagoretti on Sunday at a function where he had accompanied Deputy President William Ruto, claimed him and Kibicho, disguised as ODM supporters, planned chaos in Nairobi during the 2017 electioneering period.
“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 so as to be seen it was ODM supporters that had burnt them,” claimed Sonko.
It is then that Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho declared war on former governor Mike Sonko and vowed to sue him.
On Tuesday 3 February, appearing before a Kiambu court, Sonko denied a total of 12 counts against him.
Assault causing actual bodily harm, robbery with violence and destruction of property among other charges Sonko will face.
He will remain in police custody pending the ruling on bail application on Thursday.
Sonko’s lawyers said the charges against him were political due to public statements he made recently linking Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho to the 2017 violence.
But where did he cross the line? According to Constitutional Lawyer Ahmednasir Abdullahi, the former Nairobi governor might have crossed the line when he became abusive to the President.
“When it comes to politicians including H.E UHURU, we have the right/duty to criticise, censure & hold their feet to the fire but we have no right to be personal and abusive to the person of the President or other politicians or their families…certain lines should not be crossed” Ahmednasir via Twitter.