Sonko claims he is broke, can’t provide for his family

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Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has accused the Assets Recovery Agency of freezing his bank accounts without an appropriate court order.

The Governor, through lawyer Harrison Kinyanjui, said he is unable to financially support himself or his family as he cannot even receive his salary as the Governor of Nairobi County.

“To continue festering these bank accounts of the applicant in the manner complained of itself is a violation of the constitution,” said Kinyanjui.

Sonko was reportedly informed by his 9 bankers — including Diamond Trust Bank, National Bank, Equity Bank, and KCB — that his accounts were frozen following an ex-parte order issued by Magistrate E. Riany on December 11 2019.

Lawyer Kinyanjui argued that the magistrate directed that the application by the agency be served upon the respondents and an inter-party hearing was scheduled for December 23.

“The Assets Recovery Agency is thus relying upon a non-existing and lapsed order to unlawfully invade and freeze the applicant’s bank accounts in breach of the constitution.”