Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has dismissed reports that he escaped from prison. This comes after Shimo la Tewa Maximum Prison confirmed that the governor needs to finish his prison sentence and to be charged for escaping prison.
The inquiry was brought up after EACC discovered that the Nairobi Governor failed to disclose his past criminal records in the self-declaration form. Sonko claimed in an affidavit that he had never been convicted.
Sonko denied the claims during a Monday morning show at Radio Maisha. He did confirm that he was jailed for failing to appear before a court but mentioned that he left the prison with full knowledge of the prison officials.
Indeed I was jailed for failing to appear in court. I could not afford the fines so I opted for a jail termMike Sonko
I stayed in prison for one month and I was released after my mother’s deathMike Sonko
Sonko was to serve his sentence at Shimo la Tewa prison for 12 months but only served one month. He also mentioned being rearrested in 2000 and charged with a different criminal offence. Later in 2001, he made an appeal to the High Court protesting his jail term claiming that he had not committed any capital offence.
The judge reduced his sentence to the period that he had already served in Shimo la Tewa which meant Sonko was to be released immediately following the ruling.
These are things that happened 23 years ago and I have been cleared that is why I ran for public office.Mike Sonko