Nairobi gubernatorial by-election suspended by the High Court. Impeached Governor, Mike Sonko filed a suit against the set by-election. Earlier today, Monday 4th January 2021, the High Court Judge Anthony Mrima, suspended the exercise. Its schedule was for 18th February. The judge suspends it as people await the final outcome of the case challenging Sonko’s impeachment.
In December after his impeachment, Sonko moved to Court challenging the senate’s decision. The Senate had come to a conclusion of upholding Sonko’s impeachment by the Nairobi County Assembly. Sonko’s legal team expressed their satisfaction following the ruling. In addition. Nairobi County Assembly Lawyer Ndegwa Njiru also states that the matter should be head by more than one judge.
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Lawyer Ndegwa Njiru also states that Sonko had nominated Ann Kananu as his Deputy Governor. He argues that should the netizens who went to court opposing the nomination drop the case, Ann Kananu should be sworn in as the new Nairobi Governor.
Nairobi By-Election Petition Details
The petition claims that the Senate violated the doctrine of Legitimate expectation by ignoring pleads and submissions from his team. On Thursday night 17th December 2020, Sonko impeachment ensued after 27 out of 45 senators voted to uphold the motion brought by MCAs. They came to the decision after a two-day proceeding with Sonko facing various accusations. They included; violation of the constitution, gross misconduct, crimes under national law, and also abuse of power. As a result of his impeachment, Mutura was sworn in on 21st December as the interim Governor. He governs Nairobi County for the next sixty days since then.
Previously, IEBC Chairperson directed political parties intending to participate in the by-election to submit names of their contestants. Wafula Chebukati delivered the information through a gazette notice. Names of those intended to go through the direct nominations are to be submitted on or before 11 January 2021.
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Judge Mrima is set to give a final ruling on the 14th of January. His ruling will decide whether the filed petition will be heard by a bench.