Governor’s communications director: Sonko’s arrest was a haux

Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko [photo: Kenya Today]

Dec, 1st 2020 – Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko is expected to appear in the assembly today. The governor is facing possible impeachment following graft charges of Ksh37.2 billion county budget.

Reports indicate that Sonko was on Monday arrested and detained briefly for holding a meeting with a section of MCAs. It is alleged that several gunshots were fired in the air to disperse the MCAs.

Jacob Elkana, the governor’s communications director, speaking to explained the events that transpired on that day. He said, “The governor was at Office Park for a meeting with several MCAs. That’s when a contingent of armed police suddenly appeared. All hell broke lose. The police fired several teargas cannisters and shot in the air. They roughed up the MCAs. However, the Governor was not arrested.”

He emphasized that the rumours going around about the governor being arrested is fake news. He added that, “the police stormed the area and beat up several MCAs with reckless abandon. Shots were fired, however, the stories going around that the governor was arrested are false.”

Several media houses had reported that the governor had been arrested and was in police custody.

Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja stated, “Arresting Mike Sonko for meeting MCAs in the week of his impending impeachment is nothing short of using the police for politics. Just as happened in Senate, this must be condemned whether you support the governor or not. Let’s not claw back on democracy using COVID as an excuse.”

Sonko accused the County Assembly Speaker Benson Mutura of contempt of court and breaching sub judice. Through his lawyer Harrison Kinyanjui, he said that none of the grounds presented on impeachment have been particularized terming them as naked allegations.

Members of the public have until 2nd of December, Wednesday, to submit their views against or in support of the planned impeachement of Nairobi Governor.

This follows the notice filed by Minority Leader Michael Ogada with the support of 82 MCAs .

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