Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has been release on a 30 million shillings bond with same surety with an alternative 15 million shillings cash bail.
Anti corruption court chief magistrate Douglas Ogoti also barred Sonko from accessing the county offices pending hearing and determination of his graft case.
While granting Sonko and co- accused stringent bond terms, Chief Magistrate Douglas Ogoti also warned all interested parties in the case including EACC, the DCI, DPP and all accused not to comment on the matter on social media or any platform.
Ogoti also directed that Sonko receive medical attention as his bond was being processed.
He also evaded the issue of Nairobi having no Deputy Governor and alluded that court had no powers to handle the matter.
The prosecution had objected Sonko’s release on bond claiming he was a flight risk and would interfere with investigations.
The city Governor who was wheeled from Kenyatta National Hospital where he was admitted, on Monday alongside 11 other senior county officials and directors of companies denied 19 counts of corruption relating to irregular payment of tenders worth over 357 million shillings.
He faced abuse of office charges, conflict of interest, and money laundering among other graft related charges.
Sonko now joins the list of governors who have been charged in court with graft who include Samburu Governor Moses Lenolkulal, Busia Governor Sospeter Ojamong and Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu.
The case will be mentioned on 15th January 2020.