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Kenya: City Tycoon Accused of Bribing Sonko Demands Phone Records

by kenya-tribune

Nairobi tycoon Praful Kumar, who is accused of attempting to bribe Governor Mike Sonko, now wants an electronic version of phone records and their conversations produced in court before his trail commences.

Particularly, the businessman wants details of an August 20, 2018 phone conversation with Mr Sonko as well as the phone numbers and locations used.

“It is important that I receive the information in order to expose the diabolical plot hatched against me,” he says in the application filed before Chief Magistrate Edna Nyaloti.

“By failing and or neglecting to provide me with information, the prosecution is abetting the transgressions perpetrated against me and subverting the course of justice.”


Through his lawyer Kennedy Marete, Mr Kumar argues that the information will help him disprove the corruption charges he is facing.

He wants a soft copy of the records of conversations with Mr Sonko, Mr Joab Odhiambo, Mr Stanley Kilonzi and Mr Jacob Ongubo said to have taken place between August 21, 2017 and August 30, 2018.

Mr Kumar argues that without full, frank and fair disclosure of this information, he will be greatly prejudiced yet he is already a victim of a mechanisation. He also says he will be unable to conduct a defence.

“I crave the full and frank disclosure as I believe it contains exculpatory evidence which may aid my case or persuade the prosecution to view the matter from a different perspective,” he says in the application.