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Nairobi Government Arrested on Corruption Charges

By: Politicized News

· Global Affairs

Mike Mbuvi Sonko, governor of Kenya’s capital city, Nairobi, was arrested this morning on multiple counts of corruption, including money laundering and illicit acquisition of public property. The crimes were discovered by an Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission investigation into Mr. Sonko’s behavior which was ordered following accusations of bribing public officials made by other high-up government employees in law enforcement.

In a Facebook post, Mr. Sonko responded to the charges against him: “I want to confidently state from the onset that I am more than ready for the lawful course that will help us know the truth.” Much to his dismay, Mr. Sonko’s remarks online went largely unnoticed due to high level of public support for his arrest. Many view the arrests to be a preliminary step in riddance of governmental corruption from Kenya, corruption that has long been named as a potential blockage in an otherwise thriving economy: the richest in all of East Africa.
Governor Sonko has long been a controversial official in Kenya. Ever since his first term as governor in 2017, Mr. Sonko’s flamboyant fashion and jewelry choices have landed him with extensive criticism for being too young and lacking the necessary experience--and maturity--to hold public office. The nature of his controversy changed, though, in the past 2 fiscal years as Nairobi has slowly been overtaken by rampant governmental mismanagement. Unpaid government employees and dysfunctional, or non-functioning, public services are merely indicative of a larger deterioration of governmental competency in Nairobi.
As of this morning, 13 other officials have been named suspects in the corruption scandal. Further investigation will ensue going into the weekend.

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