Sakaja withdraws Sonko ‘bribery’ claims against audito
He sought to withdraw the assertions by his office
Kidero and the then senator Sonko, engaged in heated exchanges and blows, forcing the meeting to end prematurely.
• Sakaja sought to withdraw the assertions by from his office – office of the governor.
Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja has withdrawn claims by his predecessor Mike Sonko that officers from the office of auditor general demanded cash from him in exchange for a favourable report.
Sonko made the claims when he appeared before the senate public accounts committee in April 2019.
But appearing before the same on Monday, Sakaja sought to withdraw the assertions by his office – the office of the governor.
“The county of Nairobi has re-calibrated its relationship with the office of the Auditor General. We are now working well,” the governor said.
“If I had the capability, I would withdraw the assertions.”
Committee chairman Moses Kajwang’ said he has the capacity to withdraw as the allegations were made by his office.
The governor is appearing before the panel to audit queries for various financial years.
It emerged during the meeting that the committee has never considered an audit report for the County since the advent of devolution.
Kajwang’ said that in 2015 when the then governor Evans Kidero appeared, the session was marred with drama.
Kidero and the then-senator Sonko, engaged in heated exchanges and blows, forcing the meeting to end prematurely.
In 2019, Sonko accused the audits of extorting him, reducing the session to a shouting match between the officers and the governor.