Kenya’s Nairobi County Governor Mike Sonko who was arrested last week over corruption charges has pleaded not guilty in court on Monday.
He was charged before Anti-Corruption Court Chief Magistrate Douglas Ogoti following his arrest.
The Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji last Friday ordered Sonko’s immediate arrest and arraignment over alleged corruption.
Mr Haji said investigations by anti-corruption agency EACC had gathered sufficient evidence to sustain graft charges.
Sonko is accused of making more than $3m through unlawful activities.
He has pleaded not guilty to more than 30 counts of corruption, including money laundering and receiving bribes.
Sonko has already been convicted on two previous occasions. He is well known for being flamboyant in lifestyle.
He wears expensive jewellery, and golden hats and shoes. Sonko also runs fleets of personally branded fire trucks, ambulances and hearses to assist slum dwellers.
The governor has asked his “loyal supporters and well-wishers to remain calm and stay at home or go to their usual places of work from tomorrow (Monday), as I get processed to appear before a court of law,” he said.
“I am a law abiding citizen and I therefore ask my supporters to stay away from the courts or any other activities that may threaten the peace”.