Drama unfolded as the anti-graft commission raided Sonko’s offices in Upperhill.
EACC operatives were helpless as they were denied access to the governor’s private office in the leafy Upperhill section of Nairobi.
The operatives intended to investigate a controversial property deal between the flamboyant governor and the Kenya Railways Pension Scheme.
The EACC is probing how Kenya Railways Pension Scheme received a paltry Kes. 500 million for land located in a high-value zone.
The property is situated along Matumbato Road — right behind the five-star Radisson Blu Hotel .
The operatives were accompanied by officers from Gimco valuers and they produced a search warrant issued by a Chief Magistrate sitting in Nairobi to search the private office.
Two months ago, the High Court froze Sonko’s 10 bank accounts with about Sh18 million.
The EACC alleges the governor pocketed millions in kickbacks from firms awarded lucrative contracts by Nairobi county.
“From the analysis of Mike Mbuvi Sonko’s account numbers 1580261402765, 1380262333608, 0350299195757 and 0020264389109 at Equity bank, Mike Mbuvi Sonko received monies totalling to Sh27,400,000 from other companies trading with the county,” EACC said in one of its affidavits.
The Assets Recovery Agency argues in court that there are grounds to believe that the cash in Sonko’s accounts was part of the funds stolen from the county government.
Earlier this week, a damning report by the titled ‘Controller of Budget on county governments budget implementation review for the first half of the 2019/2020 financial year’ exposed how Nairobi City County Government spent Sh632.1 million on ghost projects.
“The total development expenditure of Sh632.1 million represented 5.6 per cent of the annual development budget of Sh11.27 billion. The county did not provide a list of development projects that were implemented during the period under review,” the report tabled before Nairobi County Assembly last week read in part.
Corruptions scandals are a norm in Kenya. Fortunately, the judiciary is showing signs that it is fighting this economic disease. This was evidenced when Sirisia MP John Waluke and his co-accused Grace Wakhungu were ordered to pay fine of close to Sh2 billion or serve at least 39 years in prison after they were found guilty of defrauding a state agency.
For the current unfolding land scandal featuring Governor Sonko, EACC wants tender documents, minutes of the tender committee, sale agreements, payment documents, approved subdivision and the main title deed.
The two properties under investigations are LR No 209-6507 measuring 0.7415 acres and 0.5003 acres respectively.
For the first property, Sonko was to pay Sh298 million.
He paid Sh26.6 million before signing the contract and added Kes 60 million a week after signing the deal.
The governor was to buy the second parcel at Sh200.5 million.
He paid Sh18 million before signing the contract and a further Sh40 million in seven days.
In total, he paid Sh144.6 million as the initial instalment.
The balance of Sh353.9 million was to be paid in 90 days upon receipt of “completion documents” including the original certificates of titles and rates clearance.
However, Corporate and Trust Pension Services Ltd had not provided the completion documents to Sonko at the time they left office.