Nairobi Governor Sonko Denies Offering Sh 200 Million Bribe To Union Officials

by Mahakamani News
Governor Sonko

Nairobi County Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko has confirmed that two top officials of workers union demanded Sh 1 million in order to call off  strike that threatened to bring halt  the operation of Council in 2017.

The city county boss revealed  to the court that he uses people whom he trust and gadgets in recording and trapping  people who ask bribe from him.

“I did not offer any offer and anyone who asks for bribe from me, it is known what I do,” said Sonko

Sonko denied offering 200,000 shillings to the union officials who are allegedly accused of demanding for a bribe so as to call off strike over unpaid salaries during his first days inthe county as the boss.

The  governor while  giving evidence before Chief Magistrate Douglas Ogoti, said Mr Benson Olianga Oriaro Union secretary general and his deputy John Benard Murioki, solicited for bribe which  he refused to give.

He testified that the money  was being demanded after the union issued strike notice through a letter dated  10 October 2017  when he was only one month old in office.

In declining  to submit to the demand of the  two accused persons, he instead  sought  time to consult how  workers  were  going to be paid their salaries  for the month of September 2017.

” Had just  taken over from former Governor Evans Kidero and discovered that there was rampart corruption within the County I could not  allow the same to spread to my office” he said.

Sonko further admitted he used to have issues with manning the county during the first days but no longer have issues with the workers .

“I cannot give any bribe to any county official, “said Sonko.

He told trial Magistrate, that  when the accused insisted for the  bribe, he took action by  having the matter reported to the  Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission for investigation.

The  commission did send its officers with treated money which they gave the accused in their office and were subsequently arrested before being  arraigned in court.

Its my complaint  that led to the arrest of the two accused who are before the court whom he identified upon being  asked by the prosecutor.

The  governor  while cross examined by the accused lawyers, Bryan Otieno and Bernard Muriuki, said  he was out to fight corruption in the County.

The two are facing six graft charges


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