Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko [photo: The star]
Dec, 4th 2020 – Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko has been impeached by the Nairobi County assembly. His impeachment follows a motion that had been tabled by Kileleshwa ward MCA Michael Ogada, on grounds of abuse of office and graft.
Ogada in February, during Sonko’s ouster which was intervened by the court said, “This House has no other option but to exercise the power of impeachment. The plane has landed and it is now our time to stand and be counted by not allowing the county government to go to the dogs.”
The national assembly arrived at this verdict while governor Sonko and 70 other MCA’s opposing the motion were in Kwale county all day. Sonko was determined to stop the impeachment, ferrying the MCAs to Coast to come up with a strategy to defeat the motion and in the deny the Assembly a crucial two-thirds majority vote.
They said that the voting was fraudulent reason being that they were logged into assembly’s system even when their mobile phones were off.
They added that the fraud was that they were logged into the assembly’s e-voting system and voted for Sonko’s impeachment against their will. One of them said that they reported the fraud at the Diani police station and even went ahead and shared the OB number with Standard Digital.
A source shared that the MCAs wanted to prove their loyalty to the governor by not participating in the voting. “They want to abstain from voting either ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ thus making it clear to the governor that they are loyal. The governor and his team will be monitoring to see if and how they vote.”
Governor Sonko had petitioned the High Court to stop the impeachment arguing that it was unconstitutional and illegal. On Thursday, Justice James Rika ruled that Sonko will be bigoted if he gets impeached before his case is determined.
Speaker Benson Mutura, while giving his communication to the House noted that the first impeachment motion was declared null as it was not debated within the stipulated legal timeframe.
The ward reps also accused the governor of misuse of office, violating the law and inability to run the county government. Their accusations follow Sonko’s failure to approve a Sh37.4 billion budget to facilitate the operations undertaken by the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS).
The Nairobi Metropolitan Services will assume duty for 90 days, when Nairobi county shall hold fresh elections for the seat.