To be reinstated as governor or not? Sonko set to know his fate as focus shifts to High Court

By Nancy Gitonga On Thu, 24 Jun, 2021 10:17 | 1 min read
Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko. [PHOTO | FILE]
Former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko. [PHOTO | FILE]

All eyes are on the High Court as a judgement looms over whether it will reinstate former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko or not.

At about 2:30 pm on June 24, a three-judge bench comprising of Justice Said Chitembwe, Weldon Koriir and Winfred Okwany is expected to make a determination on a petition challenging the impeachment of Sonko by Nairobi County assembly which was later adopted by the Senate.

The judges are further expected to make a decision as to whether the installation of Anne Kananu as a deputy governor was legal or irregular.

The judgement follows after several petitioners including Human Rights activist Okiya Omtatah,  Habil Kongo, Sonko himself, Kananu and seven others.

Sonko was first impeached by Members of the Nairobi County Assembly on December 3, 2020.

In a session that lasted for close to four hours, 88 Members of County Assembly (MCAs) supported the motion accusing the governor of violating the Constitution, abuse of office and gross misconduct with only two voting against it.

There were 58 MCAs in the chambers with others logged in virtually.

Speaker Benson Mutura attained a quorum of 42 MCAs, giving the green light for the motion to be debated.

Sonko is further accused of crippling operations of the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) and the Executive by failure to assent to the Sh37 billion budget.

The Senate upheld his impeachment on December 17, 2020.

27 senators voted in favour of the impeachment of Sonko on all the four grounds brought against him by the Nairobi County Assembly.

16 Senators, mostly allied to Deputy President William Ruto voted against the motion.

Two others abstained — Mutula Kilonzo Jr (Makueni) and Johnson Sakaja (Nairobi).

The charges against Mr Sonko were gross violation of the constitution, abuse of office, gross misconduct and crimes under national law.

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