Court Halts Governor Sonko’s Trip to Dubai

Embattled Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko’s planned trip to Dubai has been stopped.

This was after a court on Thursday declined to release Sonko’s passports.

The court’s decision comes barely hours after an order was issued to have his bank accounts remain frozen.

Sonko on Wednesday applied to the court for the release of his passport.

His legal team explained the move was to enable him to travel to the United Arab Emirates on official duty.

In his application, the suspendedcounty chief stated that he had been invited to attend the 10th session of the World Urban Forum, which takes place from the 8th to 13th February 2020.

The court also heard that Sonko is willing to submit himself to the conditions that may be deemed appropriate by the court as pertains to the release of his travel documents.

However, the prosecution objected the application, saying they required time to verify the documents attached to his application and the validity of his letter of invitation

The court was told that Sonko had paid for the trip using his credit cards with the prosecution adding that as a proof  he was travelling for personal luxury as opposed to official duty.

The court, while granting Sonko bail in December last year, required him to surrender his passport to the court.

The court also ruled that he should seek permission before travelling outside the country.

Sonko is facing graft charges in the court.

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