No jokes!! Sonko too steps aside
01 April 2015, 16:21
Nairobi – Nairobi Senator, Mike Sonko has stepped aside to pave way for investigations into KES 1.3 billion bribery allegations he was to receive in pushing a tender award to SINOPEC firm through the Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC).
There was however confusion as some members of the public had taken his announcement for an April Fool's Day joke, a stance he quickly sought to rectify.
"I would like to clear the air. I know it is April fool’s day but the reality is that I have stepped aside to pave way for investigations," he posted in his official Twitter account.
Sonko who was mentioned in the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) list of shame said he was surprised to realize that his name was among public officers implicated in the corruption report.
The Nairobi Senator said he supports President Uhuru Kenyatta’s fight against corruption for the progress of the nation and urged other officers mentioned in the report to show goodwill by stepping aside as directed by the President.
“I hereby announce that I have forthwith stepped aside as the Senator for Nairobi, Majority Deputy Chief Whip Senate, Member Roads &Transport; National Security & foreign Relations and Joint Committee on National Cohesion & Equal Opportunity committees,” declared Sonko.
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“I will vacate my county office, and only return after my name is cleared. Kenya is bigger than Sonko, Kidero and all mentioned elected leaders,” he added.
Sonko maintained that he doesn’t have influence over KPC in its procurement systems since it is a State corporation with its own management and board of directors, where he holds no position in the corporation.
He pointed out that he only has connection with KPC since its headquarters is in Nairobi where he serves as the county’s senator.
“I have not been informed of any wrong doing that I am said to have engaged in. EACC team know where to find me, they have not made any effort to contact me or request for any information or assistance from me,” said Sonko.
“I am therefore left to conclude that the investigations against me are motivated by ill will and malice,” he added.
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The Senator termed the allegations against him as “utterly false” to tarnish his name but insisted that he remains committed to serve Nairobians and champion Jubilee government’s fight against corruption.
EACC claims Sonko colluded with Energy Cabinet Secretary, Davis Chirchir in awarding a multibillion tender award to SINOPEC instead of ZEKHAM company for the senator to part away with KES 1.3 billion bribery in pushing the deal.
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