Nairobi governor Mike Sonko pleads not guilty to corruption

The flamboyant governor of Nairobi has pleaded not guilty to more than 30 counts of corruption, including money laundering and receiving bribes.

Mike Sonko is accused of making the equivalent of more than US$3 million through unlawful activities. He was arrested in the southern town of Voi on Friday.

The anti-corruption magistrates’ court in the Kenyan capital where he made a first appearance yesterday was surrounded by riot police after Mr Sonko’s supporters called for street demonstrations. He is a controversial figure and has already spent time in jail.

He models himself on American rappers, wearing expensive jewellery, golden hats and gold shoes.

He also runs fleets of personally branded fire engines, ambulances and hearses to assist slum-dwellers.

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