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Relief for Governor Sonko as court suspends impeachment motion

by | Mar 2, 2020 | Counties | 0 comments

Embattled Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko can now sigh in relief after the High Court temporarily suspended his impeachment motion on Monday, March 2.

High Court Judge, Byrum Ongaya ruled that the motion shall not proceed until its filed in compliance with the Standing Orders of the County Assembly.

Sonko’s impeachment was filed by Makongeni Member of County Assembly and Minority Whip Peter Imwatok and was set for debate in the county assembly on Tuesday, March 3.

Seconding the ruling, Sonko’s lawyer Harrison Kinyanjui said the county assembly clerk has personally admitted that he has not received the motion or even verified the signatures.

The MCAs had tabled a motion to impeach Governor Mike Sonko, for reasons including holding the county at ransom with the lack of a deputy governor.

The MCAs further accused Sonko of being unable to control Nairobi’s debts and clear pending bills, gross misconduct, bringing the office of the governor to disrepute, gross violation of the Constitution, incompetency and an inability to lead.

On Monday, February Sonko 24, Sonko transferred major functions including health, transport, public works and planning service to the national government.

On Saturday, February 29, President Kenyatta held a meeting with Nairobi leaders including Senator Sakaja and majority MCAs to discuss way forward for Nairobi County.

The MCAs reportedly agreed to drop the motion to avoid an imminent by-election and possible grinding to a halt of the county.

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