High Court Declines DPP’s Bid To Reopen Former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko Sonko’s Graft Case

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High Court Declines DPP’s Bid To Reopen Former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko Sonko’s Graft Case

The High Court has rejected a request from the Director of Public Prosecutions to overturn a ruling from November 2, 2023, that instructed the termination of a corruption case amounting to Sh357 million against Former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko.

Justice Nixon Sifuna has directed the DPP to pursue the matter in the trial magistrate court according to the previous directive.

“As I have always stated, the court is a master of its proceedings and only it has the task of controlling and managing its proceedings,” Justice Sifuna ruled.

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“The task of the litigants is to present their case and not to control and manage the court or the judicial officer presiding over their case.”

In the November 2023 decision, the Magistrate Court reprimanded the Public Prosecutor for causing repeated delays in the Anti-Corruption Court during the corruption case involving former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko.

Magistrate Eunice Nyuttu expressed frustration with the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Renson Ingonga for continuously seeking adjournments through text messages and emails, causing a prolonged delay in the Sh357 million case.

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She highlighted a concerning pattern in the DPP’s office, accusing them of strategically avoiding the case and employing a consistent method of postponing proceedings through electronic communication with the court and the EACC lawyer.

Nyuttu emphasized that this unacceptable practice had obstructed the delivery of justice, with the accused individuals going home without the case being resolved after four years of stagnation.

She gave Ingonga’s office a final opportunity to present witnesses against the accused in the long-pending case.

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