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Sonko now wants all NYS suspects released

Kevin Okumu
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Nairobi governor Mike Sonko.[Photo/NairobiNews]

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has hit out at the judiciary for denying  NYS suspects bail.

Sonko has said the move was drastic and against the constitution.

Speaking in a burial service in Mathira, Nyeri county, Sonko said that the punitive action was aimed at denying the suspects their rights.

“Stop accelerating the war against corruption until you start breaking the constitution,” he said.

“My basic understanding of the law is that one is innocent until proven guilty. We should then stop breaking the 2010 constitution that guarantees the freedom of everyone in the name of fighting corruption,” he stated.

“I would urge the judiciary, the Chief Justice to grant the suspects a chance to defend themselves by granting them bail, it is not that the cases won’t proceed if they are released,” the governor stated.

Sonko was reacting after all the NYS suspects were denied bail the High Court. The court is set to determine the bail hearing on June 19th.

“The president directed that all those linked to graft scandals should be prosecuted no matter who they are or what position they hold. I am following this directive as I havealready started sorting out the scandals in my county,” he indicated.

Sonko also asked all cabinet secretaries whose ministries have been involved in graft scandals to step aside.

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