Former Nairobi governor Mike Sonko on Friday (February 26) asked the court to allow him to travel to South Africa urgently for surgery.
Her doctor, Esther Wekesa, in a report said the former county chief was in urgent need of hip replacement surgery, adding that Sonko had already started to develop arthritis.
“Avascular necrosis can lead to serious complications such as bone collapse or even fracture if left untreated,” she said.
According to the ex-county chief’s doctor, Dr Esther Wekesa, he is dire need of hip replacement surgery and has already developed arthritis.
“If left untreated, avascular necrosis can lead to severe complications such as bone collapse or even fracture,” Wekesa said in documents filed in court.
Should Sonko travel to Mzansi, he will be attended to by a Dr Robert Van Der Plank who apparently came highly recommended.
Dr Plank cannot travel to Kenya at the moment but will review Sonko in Johannesburg.
“I have spoken with Dr. Plank on phone and email about taking up the case but he has not been to Kenya in the last 2 years and says he won’t be coming anytime soon,” the report reads.
Meanwhile, two other suspects charged with terrorism alongside Sonko, have been released unconditionally after spending 26 days behind bars.
Sonko was taken to Nairobi hospital in early February where he is being treated. Prior to the illness, he had been arrested and faced terrorism charges.
“We have chosen the services of Dr Robert Van Der Plank from South Africa. His services are highly recommended. However, Plank is unable to visit the country at the moment and says he will examine Sonko in Johannesburg,” he said. Wekesa said.
“I am not a terrorist. I was arrested because the former governor is my friend. I forgave all those who wanted to destroy my future, ”he added.
Solo added that on the day of his arrest he was blindfolded and taken to places he did not know. He said he was taken to a house by strangers and some of his belongings were taken.
Lawyer Danstan Omari told the court that the duo who were only facing charges for being close associates of Sonko, contracted Covid-19 while in custody.
The prosecution declined to charge the two after concluding investigations.
The trial magistrate will give further directions on the medical report on March 3.
Sonko has for the past two weeks been receiving treatment after he allegedly developed stomach complications.