Court quashes bribery case against Nairobi county chief of staff

The High Court has quashed criminal proceedings against Nairobi county chief of staff George Wainaina.

Wainaina was charged with bribing Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko to reportedly silence him from blowing the whistle on corruption in City Hall.

He denied that on January 5, 2016 he offered a Sh1 million bribe to Sonko as inducement.

The bribe was allegedly made to stop Sonko from pursuing a matter where senior officers were constructing private and development houses using public funds.

Wainaina was charged alongside his secretary Roselyn Oluoch and was out on a Sh1 million bond.

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But Judge Joseph Onguto on Tuesday termed the case an abuse of court process and the criminal justice system.

Onguto also prohibited the Chief Magistrate’s court from continuing with the case.

Wainaina has moved to the High Court to stop his prosecution, saying at the time EACC recommended it there were no commissioners or chairpersons in office.

“The petitioner has done enough to show that int he absence of EACC commissioners and in the said circumstances, this case was not objective enough and could not have been recommended to the DPP.” the judge said.

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