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HON.MBUVI "SONKO" SWORN INN AS CONTROVERSY ROCKS.

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New Makadara MP Gidion Mbuvi Kioko was sworn-in as controversy surrounding his past rose, especially over alleged prison break in 1998 and dramatic stint at Kamiti Maximum Prison in 2001. The MP, who is known more by his alias Mike Sonko, took his seat in the august House on a day he battled fresh accusations he has a tainted past and should not have been cleared to run. Sonko, the remain the shackles he left on his hospital bed. He was probably unchained by a willing police officer, and the records of Shimo la Tewa Prison showing a Mr Gideon Mbuvi Kioko, who was supposed to be incarcerated for six months escaped, and is still on the run. He was jailed But even as focus turned to the 1998 incident, Sonko conceded he was jailed for two months at Shimo la Tewa, but denied he escaped. "I was arraigned in court over some matter for which I was released on bail. When that date came I skipped court for I had to attend my mother’s burial," said the MP. He argued the only reason he got into trouble was he only absconded a court bond, which earned him a four-month jail term. "I stayed behind bars for only two months then I was released by Justice Oguk following an appeal against my sentence. I never escaped from Kamiti and there is evidence to prove that I was set free by the High Court," he said, as he fought off a report in The Star on Tuesday, that he was jailed over forgery and booked in as prisoner Number KAM/1255/2000/LS. The newspaper carried an affidavit in which Kioko said he had been denied bond/bail and was in Kamiti serving a four-month sentence. He also listed several medical conditions he said he had and which could be complicated by prison conditions, adding he was from a poor family. But in reference to the Mombasa case, Sonko appears to suggest it was one and the same case as the one that took him to Kamiti — and so, too, he argued was his innocence against forgery charges that is a common denominator in both.

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