Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko faces the Senate Wednesday at the start of an impeachment trial against him. Sonko impeachment kuhagurwo began some weeks ago.
Governor Sonko Kuhagurwo
The impeachment proceedings are currently ongoing. This occurs despite the Employment and Labour Relations Court sets to rule on the legality of the impeachment.
Justice Mathew Nderi issues the ruling following an application by Sonko. He argued that the ouster motion by County Assembly members passed illegally.
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Through lawyer Harrison Kinyanjui, Sonko argues that there was an existing order barring the Nairobi County Assembly. This comes from the previous proceeding with Sonko’s impeachment motion.
The County Assembly that voted to impeach Sonko two weeks ago will be presenting its evidence. Apparently, 88 MCAs out of one hundred and twenty two voted to impeach him. This occurs before Sonko lays out his defence tomorrow Thursday, 16th December 2020.
“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,” said Speaker Kenneth Lusaka.
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On Tuesday, the county assembly took a hundred and four files to the Senate. Therefore it’s legal team will rely in the impeachment proceedings.
Sonko since dismissed the allegations leveled against him. They include violating the Constitution, gross misconduct and abuse of office. He would face the Senate on Thursday in a sitting. Political handshake matrix determines his fate that has so far divided the Senators.
Despite those accusation Sonko also facilitated projects in Nairobi county. He was happy to report that nearly all projects were either complete or near completion.
These included the mwariro and karandini markets, the kandundo road and Waithaka fire stations. The improvement of Nairobi commuter rail station in Kahawa, Mwiki, pipeline, Embakasi village and Dandora still included.
In February, Mr Sonko transferred county functions of health, transport, public works, utilities and ancillary services and county planning and development to the Nairobi Metropolitan Services(NMS).
However, attempts by the NMS to have all contracts falling under the transferred functions handed over to it have been futile.
On the other hand, Maj-Gen Badi, the NMS director-general, wants all the contracts handed to his office, arguing that it was the one with the budget for their implementation.
Nairobi MCAs have now tasked two committees Budget and Appropriations as well as Transport . Their main objective is to inquire and report back to the assembly within two weeks.In addition, all ongoing county projects launched by the county executive before the transfer will be investigated.
They will also report in the status of contractual payments to affected contractors for the ongoing projects. Also, whether stalled or ongoing projects before and since the NMS took over.
This is in addition to measures put in place by the county executive and the NMS to formally transfer the ongoing projects.