Nairobi County Governor Mike Sonko pleaded not guilty to corruption charges at the Milimani law courts Monday morning.
He was charged before Anti-Corruption Court Chief Magistrate Douglas Ogoti.
State prosecutors said it wants Sonko denied bail due to his previous convictions, noting that they considered him a flight risk.
He has two previous convictions and a warrant of arrest issued by a Mombasa court.
Embakasi East legislator Babu Owino, Nandi Hills MP Alfred Keter and Kericho Senator Aaron Cheruiyot were among the MPs in court.
Lawyers representing Sonko include Cecil Miller, Senators Kipchumba Murkomen and Mutula Kilonzo Junior, George Kithi, Daniel Maanzo, Nelson Havi, Alphonse Mutinda and Harrison Kinyanjui.