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Nairobi governor Sonko charged with corruption – but resignation letter fake

In early December 2019 Mike Sonko, the governor of Nairobi, was dramatically arrested on suspicion of corruption.

Nairobi is both Kenya’s capital city and one of its 47 counties.

A few days later, an official-looking document posted on Facebook seemed to announce Sonko’s resignation as governor. It’s a letter addressed to the Nairobi county Speaker, apparently written by Sonko.



‘I have decided to step aside’


“As you are all aware, the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has pressed several charges against me and other officials from the Nairobi City County relating to alleged financial crimes,” it reads.

“To safeguard the integrity of the investigations and after deep soul searching and consultations, I have decided to step aside from office, as I has earlier promised when charged.”

It then says Sonko has nominated Simon Mbugua as his deputy governor.

On 9 December, the day the letter was posted, Sonko and other county officials were charged in a KSh357 million corruption case. But did he write the letter?

No.

On the same day, Sonko posted the letter on his verified Twitter account, with “FAKE” stamped across it. – Grace Gichuhi 

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