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Court halts trial of city official charged with bribing Sonko

A High Court judge has temporarily stopped the trial of Nairobi County Chief of Staff George Wainaina.

The case has been put on hold until February 2 when the High Court will hear Mr Wainaina’s petition challenging his prosecution at the Magistrate court.

High Court judge Isaac Lenaola issued the orders on Monday because the Director of Public Prosecution, the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission and Nairobi Senator Gideon Mbuvi Sonko, whom Mr Wainaina had sued, have not filed their responses to the petition.

Mr Wainaina was charged last week with bribing Senator Sonko meant to silence the flambouyant politician from blowing the whistle on corruption in the City Hall.

Mr Wainaina denied that on January 5 at KICC he offered Sh1 million to Mr Sonko as inducement not to pursue a matter where the politician had invited the media to accompany him in documenting how senior officers were constructing private and development houses using public funds.

Mr Wainaina was charged alongside his secretary Roselyn Oluoch who has since pleaded to the charges.

He was released on Sh 1 million bond.