Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko impeached

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has been impeached.

The censure motion was moved by Nairobi County Assembly Minority Leader Michael Ogada.

The Nairobi county chief is facing a second impeachment bid which has been a long time coming.

88 MCAs out of 122 Nairobi MCAs voted in favour of the motion seeking to oust the Governor from office. Only two MCAs, among those who were present in the Assembly, voted against the motion.

At least 82 MCAs were required to support the motion for it to achieve the required two thirds majority threshold.

Sonko was impeached on grounds of abuse of office, gross misconduct as well as lack of capability to run county affairs, accusations that he has repeatedly denied.

His impeachment is expected to trigger a legal battle as the Employment and Labour Relations Court had earlier this week issued orders temporarily barring the County Assembly from debating the motion pending the hearing of a case filed by the Governor.

To ostensibly sabotage the impeachment process, Sonko on Wednesday attempted to employ a divide and rule tactic by ferrying a group of MCAs allied to him to the Coast to dent the two thirds majority requirement to carry forward the impeachment motion.

Last year, ODM MCAs led by then Minority Leader David Mberia made known their intentions to impeach Sonko after he was barred from office following a Sh357 million graft case by the Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji.

The notice of motion then was supported by 65 out of 122 MCAs, largely drawn from ODM and a select few from Jubilee Party.

But Sonko got a reprieve on March 2, 2020, when the High Court stopped his impeachment as the judge ruled there was a failure to adhere to due process.

 

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