Surprise, as Esther Passaris Jumps to Governor Mike Sonko’s Defence

Nairobi Woman Representative Esther Muthoni Passaris, who has been in bad books with Governor Mike Sonko, has quite surprisingly come out to defend the city county boss, who was arrested yesterday, 6th November, over corruption allegations.

Passaris took to her official Twitter handle, saying that the authorities need to come up with a better way of handling public officers under investigation for suspected criminal conduct.

“We need to find a way to handle (public) office bearers without compromising the case with human rights violations,” Passaris tweeted.

She also said she was convinced that the manner in which Sonko was arrested violated his human rights.

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The Nairobi Woman Rep advised police to seek court orders requiring suspects to appear in court instead of arresting and publicly shaming them.

“Why not issue summons to appear in court for the charges to be read out? she posed.

Passaris pointed out that Sonko remains innocent until proven guilty.

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She was replying to a Twitter user, who said that Sonko was arrested in a civil way and that the scuffle that ensued was because he tried to resist orders from the police officers

Passaris and Sonko have had a frosty relationship, with the governor accusing her of seeking bribes from him and publicly insulting her.

At one point, Sonko leaked the recording of a conversation between him and Passaris to prove his claims.

Their rivalry heightened during the Madaraka Day celebrations in Nairobi this year, when Passaris walked out after she felt insulted by the governor.

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