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Mike Sonko: I Only Record Thieves and Cartels

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Former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has responded to Kenyans asking why he has been recording his conversations with people.

This follows a series of trending videos and tape recordings he has been leaking recently, implicating top judges, lawyers and public servants in damning corruption scandals.

Speaking on KTN News yesterday, Sonko said he was only recording and exposing crooks and cartels with plans to steal millions of money from the public.

“I only record crooks and cartels. If you are my friend, you have nothing to be afraid of. But if you come to me with plans of stealing, I will expose you to everyone.

“I haven’t always been recording people. When I became governor, I inherited a city that was known for corruption and sleaze. I had people come into my office, calling me trying to broker deals that would steal from the city,” Sonko stated.

Sonko, who earlier indicated that he had 149 clips about serious corruption scandals happening in the country, vowed to continue unleashing the recordings despite court orders stopping him from publishing them.

“I have nothing to lose anymore. Even if I never get back into elective politics again, I need to finish this war for the 40 million Kenyans who do not have a chance at justice. If someone like me, someone with means can be cheated out of justice, what chance do the poor Kenyans have?

“We have recordings that go back for months on how justice within the courts goes to the highest bidder. If you give a Judge Ksh100 million, it is the one who will give Ksh200 million that will win the case. It has nothing to do with justice,” Sonko stated.

One of the judges at the center of his expose is the High Court Judge Justice Said Juma Chitembwe, who according to Sonko, allegedly sent his brother to collect bribe on his behalf.

However, Justice Chitembwe dismissed the allegations, arguing the videos were edited to damage his reputation.

“There was no money to be paid, the videos were edited to frame me…the amounts being floated were not known to me, I just heard them in the video,” Chitembwe stated.

The Judicial Service Commission has, however, instituted a panel to investigate Sonko’s allegations against Justice Chitembwe.

The commission also gave Justice Chitembwe 14 days to respond to the allegations raised against him.