Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has been airlifted to Nairobi following his arrest in Voi, coming just hours after orders were issued by DPP Noordin Haji.
The flamboyant governor, who recently posted on social media pages videos of his swanky office and house parties, was arrested at a roadblock while heading to Mombasa from Nairobi in a bid to escape arrest.
A police source told the Nation that he was locked up at the SGR police cells.
Once in the capital, he is expected be processed and face subsequent arraignment later today.
Kenya’s public prosecutor had Friday morning ordered the immediate arrest and arraignment of the county boss for alleged corruption.
The city county boss and others are expected to appear before the anti-corruption court Friday to face charges over the loss of Sh357 million.
Other City Hall officials expected in court are county secretary Peter Mbugua and members of the tender committee, Patrick Mwangangi, Samuel Ndung’u, Edwin Kariuki, Lawrence Mwangi, and Preston Miriti, among others.
The DPP also ordered the arrest of directors of various companies that he said had been contracted by the county government for various services and are liable for money laundering to a tune of Sh24.1 million.
They include Webtribe Ltd CEO Danson Muchemi, director Robert Muriithi and agent Zablon Onyango. ROG Security Ltd director Anthony Ombok is also implicated along with Yiro Enterprise partner Fredrick Odhiambo.
The governor and the officials will face charges of conspiracy to commit an economic crime, willful failure to comply with the law and conflict of interest.
Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji said investigations by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) had yielded sufficient evidence to sustain the charges.