Dec, 16th 2020 – Impeached Nairobi governor Mike Sonko, is set to face the senate today in an impeachment trial against him.
The County Assembly that voted to impeach Sonko two weeks ago, will be presenting its evidence before a full Senate on why 88 of 122 MCAs voted to impeach him before Sonko lays out his defence on Thursday.
Speaker Ken Lusaka has indicated that senators willing to participate virtually will be facilitated. This he said is in line with trying to involve all senators and adhering to the Covid-19 protocols of social distancing.
Speaker Lusaka said, “Pursuant to the Senate Standing Orders, on the request of the Senate Majority Leader with the support of the requisite number of Senators, I have appointed Wednesday 16 December, 2020 and 17 December 2020 as days for the special sitting of the Senate to investigate the proposed removal from office by impeachment of Nairobi Governor. The sittings will begin at 9.00am.”
Through Lawyer Harrison Kinyanjui, Sonko had earlier pleaded with Justice Nduma Nderi to restrain the senate from putting him through trial over allegations of misconduct.
The judge declined the request and said that hw will issue a substantive ruling on the mater later on in the day.
According to Mr. Kinyanjui, Sonko will be prejudiced if the senate proceeds with the motion. He told the court, “They were aware of a court order stopping the county Assembly from debating the impeachment motion. The orders are still in force and have not been vacated. No person and entity should be allowed to take the law into their hands and do what they want.”
Citing that Sonko was never given evidence that MCAs agreed to impeach him and with this, he will not face a fair trial.
Sonko has dismissed the allegations against him including gross misconduct and abuse of office and violating the constitution.