Greenlight for Ann Kananu as Supreme Court throws out Sonko’s application

By , K24 Digital
On Mon, 8 Nov, 2021 16:52 | < 1 min read
Nairobi Governor Anne Kananu. PHOTO/COURTESY.

The Supreme Court on Monday threw former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko's application that sought to stop the swearing-in of Ann Kananu as new Nairobi governor.

Sonko wanted the court to temporarily stop the swearing-in pending the hearing and final determination of his intended appeal to challenge it.

Sonko told the court that Kananu's swearing-in would bar him from completing his term as Nairobi governor.

“There is only one possible scenario that could emerge if the orders sought are not granted. I will lose forever my opportunity to complete my constitutional gubernatorial term if my appeal succeeds,” Sonko told the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court has, however, ruled that Sonko's application was incompetent and did not raise any question of constitutional interpretation as the case is yet to be determined by the Court of Appeal.

"The matter has not been certified as one of general public importance and the Supreme Court lacks jurisdiction to entertain or issue orders concerning Rulings arising from applications from Court of Appeas' ruing," Supreme Court ruled.

"The Petition and this application are, for those reasons, fatally defective, incompetent and lack merit as they establish no grounds warranting this Court to interfere with the exercise of discretionary jurisdiction of the Court of Appeal," the court added.

The ruling, therefore, paves way for Kananu to be sworn in as the third governor of Nairobi city after Sonko was impeached in December 2020.