Relief for Sonko as court blocks impeachment bid

Ex-Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko./ file

The high court has issued a temporary relief for Nairobi governor Mike Sonko after it ordered Nairobi Members of county assembly (MCAs) not to proceed with an impeachment motion against him.

According to justice Byrum Ongaya, the proposed motion by MCAs on impeachment scheduled for Tuesday shall not proceed due compliance of the standing order number 67 is complied with.

On Tuesday March 3, the motion filed by Makongeni Member of county assembly Peter Imwatok was scheduled to be debated.

Imwatok had accused Sonko of abuse of office, violation of the Constitution, irregular procurement of tenders among others.

According to Imwatok, the county has seen irregular withdrawal of Ksh.200 million in cash as well as misuse of public resources by the governor to settle political scores.

“Sonko every time consumes alcohol in the office of the governor, thus making insults to employees and members of this House,” said Imwatok.

“He fires staff on WhatsApp and Facebook without allowing them due process thus affecting service delivery.

He also accused Sonko of violating the constitution by failing to name a deputy governor following the resignation of Polycarp Igathe two years ago.

Sonko, who has an ongoing corruption case in court, was further alleged to have irregularly awarded millions of shillings to single road contractors in estates such as Tassia within Nairobi.

Imwatok cited a Ksh.1.5 billion AAR Insurance cover for Nairobi County staff as well as Ksh.18 million directed towards Nairobi beautification; both of which he termed as irregular.

To move such a motion in the assembly, one requires at least 41 MCAs to sign and, to have the impeachment pass, two-thirds of the assembly is required.