It is weeks now since detectives descended on the city Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko to investigate him following claims of embezzlement of funds meant for county development by whistleblowers. Things are now becoming tighter for Sonko.
There are three major blunders that may cost governor Sonko his job – kickbacks from companies already paid for tenders done by Nairobi county, a plot in Mavoko and garbage collection tenders.
EACC detectives are now trailing how money was moved into his personal bank accounts since he got into office in 2017. At the center of money trail lies seven companies some of which began transacting with the city Governor long before he was elected the Nairobi governor in 2017. The companies in question are; Amaco Insurance, Hardi Enterprises, Today Civil Engineering, Yiro Enterprises, Jambo Pay, ROG Security Limited, Arbab Auto limited, and High Energy Petroleum
“EACC is now investigating how Governor Sonko transacted with over five companies that began way before he was elected as governor.” A source revealed.
The EACC detectives have written to DTB, KCB, Equity Bank where the city Governor has accounts asking them for statements of specific transactions made by ROG Security Limited, High Energy Petroleum, Toddy limited, Arbab Auto Limited just to name a few.
“Pursuant to miscellaneous application warrants no 1422 of 2019 and 2242 of 2019, we acknowledge receipts of the stated bank statements and some transaction documents requested. We further request you to provide us with the original documents for the stated transactions,” a letter by EACC to one of the banks read in part.
The various banks that the Governor Sonko has accounts in have responded positively. The EACC detectives are now analysing the various bank statements of the seven aforementioned companies to establish the tactics the city Governor has been using since he got into the office. So far companies associated with Jamal (Otieno Ombok) and Antony Mwaura have been found to have wired monies to Sonko’s personal accounts.
For Jamal (Ombok), his companies have never done any work directly with the Nairobi county government but some companies working for the county government do businesses with his firms. “Ombok’s companies have made deposits to a number of Governor Sonko’s accounts.” A source revealed.
Adding, “In April 2017, he made a deposit of Sh600,000 to Sonko’s KCB account using his company Arbab. Early this year, he made deposits of sh3 million to Governor’s DTB account using his ROG enterprises”
Those on the know say, Jamal (Ombok) told detectives that thepayment was for a Sh34 million plot in Mavoko that he had sold to the governor.
For Mwaura, using his company called Toddy, he deposited a total of sh2, 600, 000 to Sonko’s KCB account in April and May 2017.
In December 2018, while using the same company, Mwaura liquidated sh80 million from his fixed deposit account. He also moved Sh20 million to his other firm, Hardi Enterprise Limited – the company that later won the tender to collect garbage on behalf of the county. Mwaura then forgetfully used proceeds of the monies from the fixed deposit account, Toddy Ltd transferred Sh3 million to Sonko’s Equity account thus putting the city Governor into the hot soup.
Realizing the blunder, Mwaura lied to EACC detectives that the deposits he made to Sonko’s accounts were for a piece of land in Kwale belonging to the governor that one of his companies had acquired way leave for a project.
The flamboyant city Governor has since gone underground while fearing the outcome of his investigations.