Nairobi County Chief of Staff George Wainaina has been charged with bribing Senator Mike Sonko to contain him from blowing the whistle on an act of graft involving a land grab case to the country.
Mr George Wainaina on January 5 denied offering Sh1 million to Mr Sonko as a bribe not to pursue a matter where he had called the media to accompany him in documenting how senior officers were building private and development houses using tax-payers funds.
Mr Wainaina who was charged alongside his secretary Roselyn Oluoch was released on a bond of Sh 1 million with one surety or a cash bail of Sh 800,000 pending hearing on May 16. Roselyn has since pleaded not guilty to the charges and is out on a bond of Sh 500,000.
According to reports, Mr Wainaina sent Roselyn Oluoch to deliver the inducement and was reportedly found in possession of Sh 500,000 which was part of the bribe.
However, Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) detectives grilled Mr Wainaina and his secretary Roseline Oluoch on Thursday at Integrity Centre in Nairobi before they were released on a Sh200,000 cash bail.
Mr George Wainaina was supposed to be arraigned in court on Friday, but he had allegedly to been hospitalized. A document presented in court stated that Mr Wainaina, 54, “has been admitted to Karen Hospital with acute muscle and joint pains associated with generalized body weakness”. The document further showed that he is undergoing wild laboratory and imaging tests to determine the cause of his illness.
Following the medical report, the magistrates court has given George Wainaina seven days to present himself in court to answer to the corruption charges. The case is set to be mentioned on January 15.
Principal Magistrate Felix Kombo warned that a warrant for Mr Wainaina’s arrest will be issued if he fails to appear on the set date.
Mr Wainaina is represented by lawyers Cliff Ombeta and George Kit