Former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko was on Tuesday charged in a Kiambu court where he denied all the 12 charges brought against him by the state.

The charges against Sonko include robbery with violence, assault and destruction of property after he allegedly forced his entry into a private property at Buru Buru estate, Nairobi in 2019.

The ousted governor is accused of assaulting Alex Kioko and causing him bodily harm, and together with others not before court, assaulting Musyoki Kavunda and John Mungai Wanjiru.

Sonko was presented before Kiambu senior principal magistrate Stella Ataambo after spending Monday night in cells at the Gigiri Police Station.

Prosecution is seeking orders to detain Sonko until police probe concludes, take him to a Mombasa court where he has an arrest warrant for a pending case and prevent him from accessing and threatening witnesses

He took himself to the DCI headquarters on Monday after being summoned to be questioned over his remarks relating to the chaos that followed the contested 2017 General Election.

He presented himself after unsuccessfully trying to thwart his questioning through the courts after linking Interior PS Karanja Kibicho to plotting hooliganism after the last presidential poll.

Sonko was charged in Kiambu Tuesday amid tight security within and without the courtroom.