Questions on Integrity

Kenya’s ‘Sonko leaks’: An act of vengeance or attempt to clean-up the judiciary?

By Jeff Otieno

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Posted on December 8, 2021 16:16

Nairobi’s Governor Mike Sonko sits in a court room during a hearing after he was arrested on corruption-related charges, at the Milimani Law Courts in Nairobi
Nairobi’s Governor Mike Sonko in Nairobi, Kenya. December 9, 2019. REUTERS/Njeri Mwangi

Former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has put the judiciary in the spotlight by posting a series of video and audio clips to prove long held allegations of grand corruption in the corridors of justice. Are the leaks meant to clean up the judiciary as he alleges, or are they a ploy by a man on a vengeance mission?

On 17 November, Sonko left many Kenyans dumbfounded after he posted a series of videos and audio clips on social media alleging grand corruption in the judiciary.

One of the video clips, now referred to as ‘sonko leaks’, showed High Court Judge Said Chitembwe discussing a court case involving a parcel of land with the former Nairobi governor and two other individuals, at his Nairobi residence. The clip, which went viral, raised questions on the integrity and independence of the judiciary.

Speaking to the Kenya Television Network (KTN) a few days later, Sonko said he would release more video clips on “the rot in Kenya’s judiciary” to help the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) and the Director of Public Prosecutions investigate and prosecute corrupt judges.

“I have nothing to lose anymore. Even if I never get back into elective politics again, I need to finish this war for the

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