Case against Sonko ouster to be heard next week

Friday, December 11th, 2020 00:00 | By
Former Nairobi governor Mike Sonko Photo/PD/File

A case challenging impeachment of embattled Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko will now be heard on December 15.

The suit will be heard by Justice Mathew Nduma after two Judges James Rika and Nzioka disqualified themselves from hearing Sonko’s application.

When the parties appeared before Nduma, he directed Sonko’s lawyer Harrison Kinyanjui to serve his pleadings to counsels appearing for Clerk of the Nairobi Assembly, the Speaker, the County Assembly, MCA Peter Imwatok by close of business yesterday and the county Assembly to file their submissions by Monday December 14.

In the case Sonko challenged his impeachment by the county assembly and sought an order stopping the Senate from presiding over any session to deliberate the impeachment motion.

Sonko had moved to court to stop his impeachment arguing that it was illegal for the assembly to proceed with the process when there was an order issued in February by Justice Byrum Ongaya stopping his removal and the same is still in place. 

Kinyanjui says the County Assembly has no power to remove Sonko from an elected position.   

 But the MCA impeached Sonko on grounds of  gross violation of the law, committing a crime under the national and international laws, and lacking the capability to run the county.

  The legislator argues that Sonko has been in and out of courtrooms on various cases and is therefore unfit to hold public office. 

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