The arrest of Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has lifted the lid on questionable dealings and a clique of shady businessmen minting millions from dealings that are the subject of investigations with EACC investigations establishing that companies associated with the individuals deposited millions into Sonko’s accounts.

While the governor prides himself in his publicized attempts “to rid the city of corruption cartels”, EACC accuse the governor of assembling a cartel to fleece city residents.

The cartel refered to by EACC is taking over the city in questionable dealings and operating in a similar scheme as the same cartels that Sonko is fighting.

It has also emerged that Sonko’s friends work as his advisers and partners, doing business with the county government.

It is no surprise that a number of individuals listed to be charged alongside the governor over the Sh537 million corruption scandal are his long-time associates who double up as his partners and friends.

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko arrives at EACC centre shortly after his arrest
Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko arrives at EACC centre shortly after his arrest

Among those on the list is Anthony Otieno Ombok, alias Jamal who, according to the Sunday Nation, was temporarily appointed by the governor as his communications adviser in 2017 shortly after his election.

Ombok listed as the Director of companies several companies, including ROG Security Limited, Arab Auto Limited, High Energy Limited and High Energy Petroleum Limited.

Ombok who is the chairman of ROG sacco matatus that ply Eastlands routes share interests with the governor, including the transport business that is riddled with cartels.

Also on the list is Anthony Mwaura Ng’ang’a, a wealthy but controversial businessman who is not new to scandals.

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He was a person of interest in 2017, when EACC detectives filed a case in court over the unexplained wealth of Mr Stanley Mombo Amuti, a former financial controller at the National Water Conservation and Pipeline Corporation in an elaborate scheme that is similar to the current one.

Mr Ng’ang’a is the director of Hardi Enterprises Limited and Toddy Civil Engineering Limited.

Mike Sonko after being arrested
Mike Sonko after being arrested

EACC investigations maintain that the companies wired cash to the personal accounts of Mr Sonko after winning tenders in Nairobi County.

When Sonko was airlifted to Nairobi following his arrest, East Africa Legislative Assembly (Eala) MP Simon Mbugua and controversial businessman Paul Kobia were among the individuals that showed up at Wilson Airport in solidarity with the governor.

Mr. Kobia has in the past been named and investigated over various crimes, mostly frauds involving gold while media reports indicate that Mr. Mbugua is a common figure at City hall and the shots despite not being an employee of the county governor.