Sonko concedes defeat after Supreme Court ruling, gives up on bid to reclaim Nairobi governor post

By , K24 Digital
On Mon, 8 Nov, 2021 20:05 | < 1 min read
Former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko. PHOTO/Courtesy
Former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko. PHOTO/Courtesy

Following the Supreme Court’s decision to throw out Mike Sonko’s appeal case, the former governor says he has conceded defeat.

Sonko had filed an application seeking to stop Anne Kananu from being sworn in as Nairobi County Governor but the apex court ruled against his wish on Monday, November 8.

In a quick response, the former Nairobi governor accepted the ruling promising his followers that God will open another door in future.

“Fellow Kenyans, I concede defeat by accepting the Supreme court’s verdict this afternoon. God’s timing is the best and a time will come when he’ll give me another chance to serve Kenyans in any capacity. I’m forever grateful for the opportunity I had working for you, I will continue doing so. For now, we leave everything to God. We live to fight another day, however, alluta continua as life must go on. Twendeni tukapige sherehe sasa,” he wrote.

In its ruling on Monday, the Supreme Court dismissed Sonko’s application as 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.