A team of 30 police officers invaded Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko’s office in Upper Hill with the intention of evicting him.
Confirming the report, the Governor’s communication officer Jacob Elkana told journalists that the police officers had accompanied some investigators but were forced to leave the premise by Sonko’s supporters.
The embattled Governor had been operating from the office after he was banned from s City Hall due to an ongoing corruption case against him.
Elkana also revealed that Governor Sonko was in the process of acquiring the land where his office sits after it was gazetted in 2017, and he showed interest.
The land was valued at Sh500 million, but the wealthy politician got into an agreement that he would purchase it at Sh498 million, of which he has already paid Sh144.6 million.
According to Elkana, the land served as the Governor’s campaign center in May 2017 and also as a tallying center for the Jubilee party.
Elkana added that in February 2019, under tender number krsrds/02/plm.2019, the trustees placed another open tender which Sonko won on April 30, 2019, to buy Sh498 million, of which he paid Sh144.6 million as a downpayment.
The communications officer noted that the dispute, which started in 2016, forced the county boss to express interest in obtaining the land parcel with his lawyers preparing for a court battle for its possession.
The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) launched investigations into the controversial land in 2019, which is reported to belong to the Kenya Railways Corporation.
However, Elkana said that it was Mike Sonko who, in 2017, started to apply to Kenya Railways Corporation to purchase the land, of which they didn’t buy.
EACC was also interested in investigating the county boss’ source of income that he used to pay the downpayment for the piece of land.