President WIlliam Ruto (right) and former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko
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Mike Sonko appeals to President Ruto to assist in retrieving frozen funds.

Former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has appealed to President Ruto to help him retrieve his frozen funds through the courts.

Speaking at the launch of the Nairobi River Commission on Wednesday, Sonko expressed his gratitude towards Ruto’s presidency, which he believes has brought relief to those who faced prosecution during Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration.

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“DP Gachagua’s money had been held unlawfully, it has been returned. We have seen people freed by courts. Kenyans prayed for me and the court freed me,” Sonko said.

He asked the President to intervene and assist him, claiming that the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) intends to challenge the court’s verdict which exonerated him from allegations of corruption and money laundering.

He also emphasized the importance of equality, stating that his frozen funds should be returned to him in the same way that DP Gachagua’s case was handled urging for fairness in the legal system and for all individuals to be treated equally under the law.

“I am ready to work with government, a lot of my money that was held by Uhuru Kenyatta, help me to get it back like Rigathi Gachagua. So that I help government and youths,” he said.

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Last year, the High Court ordered a freeze on ten bank accounts owned by the former Nairobi Governor, which contained approximately Ksh. 18 million.

Similarly, in 2022, the High Court ruled that Ksh 202 million from Gachagua’s bank accounts were obtained through corrupt means and should be forfeited to the state. However, on February 1, 2023, the Asset Recovery Agency (ARA) returned the funds to Gachagua, as he had provided sufficient evidence to prove the legitimacy of the money’s source.