Mombasa University students to demonstrate against Sonko’s detention

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By Magi Kadzo

Mombasa University students and a section of youths have threatened to move to the streets and demonstrate over the detention of Ex-Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko.

Speaking in Mombasa on Wednesday, student union leaders who were accompanied by other students asked the government to free Sonko. 

“We are not opposed to the arrest of our leader Mike Mbuvi Sonko but we want the government to adhere to the rule of law,” said Eugine Owino.

They accused the government of harassing Sonko following his remarks after he was impeached.

“It is so shameful to see that some of the leaders opposed to the BBI are arrested and prosecuted,” said Owino.

Students further urged Deputy President William Ruto to intervene and help release Sonko saying that they will be forced to interfere with the Deputy President rallies in Mombasa if Sonko will not be released.

Sonko was on Tuesday charged with assault and robbery with violence, in offenses which he committed in 2019.

Sonko however denied a total of 12 counts and was remanded at the Gigiri Police Station after the prosecution pleaded with the court to allow detectives more time to complete their investigations, an indication he could face more charges.

Sonko was impeached in November over gross misconduct, abuse of office and corruption.

He is also facing corruption charges in court alongside several county officials and suppliers accused of colluding to siphon public funds.

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