Dec, 10th 2020 – The senate has resolved to prosecute Nairobi governor Mike Sonko impeachment motion through the plenary. This decision was arrived at after majority leader Samuel Poghisio failed to move the motion that proposed the senate committee.
Senators Kipchumba Murkomen and Moses Wetangula called on the speaker to rule in favor of allowing senators to vote in the house Physically.
Speaker Kenneth Lusaka however said the new standing orders allows a senator to contribute and vote virtually. He said, “The majority leader having withdrawn or otherwise abandoned the notice of motion and therefore the motion, the route of the committee is therefore abandoned and that now means that the Senate will investigate the matter in plenary.”
According to the Speaker, the four main charges against Sonko are: abuse of office, gross misconduct, crimes under the national law and gross violation of the Constitution or any other law-according to the County Governments Act, 2012, the Public Procurement and Disposal Act, 2015 and the Public Finance Management Act, 2012.
The Nairobi County Assembly told senators that the governor unlawfully used public funds to pay for his daughter’s travel to USA, New York, to allegedly attend the county’s first lady’s conference that was held during the 62nd session of the commission on the Status of Women 2018.
They also accused Sonko of violating Article 73 section 8 and 11 of the constitution on the leadership and integrity Act 2012 on public trust and professionalism where he is on record admitting that he was intoxicated and was not in the right sate of mind whe he signed the Deed of transfer of certain functions of the county to the National government in February 2020.
Mr. Sonko was impeached last week on Thursday after being accused by MCAs of abuse of office, gross violation of the constitution and other laws. Sonko’s impeachment motion will now be debated on 17th and 18th of this month.