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Court issues Sonko with ultimatum

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Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko

A Nairobi court on Thursday gave Nairobi County Governor Mike Sonko fourteen days to respond to the defamation case lodged against him by Nairobi businessman Mike Maina.

The new order came after Maina was judged by the court to have acted within the law when he had commissioned demolitions of houses on his land in Nyama Villas in Kayole.

The tycoon had taken Sonko to court after the governor had released a recording between them where the county boss hurled insults to the businessman.

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Lawyer Harrison Kinyanjui, who is representing the governor, had requested the court to extend the time allocated to his client to respond to the claims, as he was away on official duties.

Governor Sonko had alleged that Maina had used fake documents to claim ownership of the 20-acre parcel of land in Kayole.

Nairobi businessman Maina wins against Sonko

Two weeks ago, Justice Bernad Eboso had ruled that a 2014 judgement requiring tenants on the land to vacate was still in force.

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In December, the controversial politician had suspended the demolitions until the matter had been resolved.

The affected families had moved to court in a bid to be compensated by Maina.

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