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Drama as EACC, police storm Sonko compound for premises search

There was drama on Tuesday at the private office of Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko when anti-corruption agency officers attempted to search the premises.

A contingent of more than 30 police officers had accompanied
investigators from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) to Sonko’s
Upper Hill office for an inspection and valuation of the land.

The officers had arrived at around 10am and parked one of
their cars on the entrance and used it to scale the gate to access the
compound.

However, the officers were repulsed by the governor’s
supporters who were already inside the compound. The land is estimated at Sh500
million.

After nearly three hours of a standoff the officers left
without achieving their mission.

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The investigators informed Sonko’s aides that they had come
to conduct a search and assess the actual size of the oneacre plot formerly
owned by Kenya Railway pensioners.

The officers brandished a warrant of search issued to EACC
investigator Christine Nthiga on June 23 by Nairobi Chief Magistrate court.

The EACC officers also said they had orders to conduct a
valuation on the property. They were in company of values from Gimco Valuers.

On June 25 just two days after obtaining the order, EACC
assistant director in charge of Forensic Investigations wrote to Kenya Railway
Staff Retirement Benefits Scheme requesting them to appoint an officer to join
in the valuation process.

On Tuesday, Sonko said he was surprised officers could storm
his compound by scaling the gates when no body had stopped them from accessing
the property.

“The officers are welcome to conduct their investigations
without any showmanship. As a law-abiding citizen, I have cooperated with all
the investigations. Let them follow the right procedure and come back,” Sonko
said.

He insisted the property under probe was legally acquired
from the pension scheme.

The land LR. 2096507 is owned by KRSBR whereby Sonko
insists had entered into an agreement to lease the property in May 22, 2017 for
use as office space.

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