Embattled Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko is sick. Sonko has been admitted at Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) since Tuesday after falling ill at the Kamiti Maximum Prison. It is not clear what the gold-loving governor is suffering from but he complained about chest pains when he was presented in court on Monday.
Sonko is not the first politician to have fallen ill when in custody. Last year, Migori Governor Okoth Obado was rushed to KNH after falling ill at the Industrial Area Remand Prison. In May 2018, former Youth Affairs Principal Secretary Lilian Omollo was also admitted at KNH after being taken ill at Lang’ata Women’s Prison.
The Kenya Prisons Department should come out and explain why politicians receive preferential treatment when in custody. We believe there are so many inmates who have fallen ill in these prisons and they were not taken to hospital.
It is also time we started discussing the state of our prison cells. Some of these facilities were built more than 50 years ago. They are overcrowded and run-down. If Sonko cannot survive in these cells for more than 12 hours then no one else can.
Here are the stories making headlines on Opera News:
Sonko: I had HIV, chronic TB and epileptic attacks
Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko was yesterday taken from remand prison to hospital as court documents revealed the diseases he suffered from prior to his release from jail 18 years ago.
In documents filed in court, the governor had in 2001 said, in an affidavit, that he was HIV positive and epileptic.
Sonko also said in an affidavit that he was suffering from chronic tuberculosis and peptic ulcers.
Detectives Question Sonko’s Associates
Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) on Tuesday, December 10, questioned East African Legislative Assembly MP Simon Mbugua over an alleged plan to cause chaos in Nairobi.
Mbugua was grilled alongside Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko’s Chief of Staff Peter Mugo for allegedly dishing out money to the youth to cause a scuffle as embattled Sonko returns to court.
Kabogo Guilty of Land Grabbing
Former Kiambu Governor William Kabogo has failed in an attempt to stop payment of Ksh100 million in damages to a Nairobi businessman.
The dispute involves Westlands parcel, which was originally adjacent to another before the two were consolidated.
A lower court had directed Kabogo to compensate the businessman for trespass on his land. But Kabogo, through Caroget Investments Limited, appealed against the decision. He argued that the award was made without any basis and the trespass claim was time-barred and could not be maintained as the firm had a title in its name over the property and was entitled to occupy it.
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