Details Emerge on How Senate Leadership Pulled Off Sonko’s Impeachment

Details have emerged on what culminated at the Senate that led to the impeachment of former Nairobi governor Mike Sonko.

According to a report by The Standard, pressure was mounted on Senate leadership by President Uhuru Kenyatta to have Sonko ousted.

The President reportedly assigned Majority Whip Kang’ata Irungu the responsibility rally pro-handshake senators behind the state’s agenda.

According to the publication, Sonko’s chance of survival became thinner the moment the senate majority leadership abandoned the committee route.

Reports indicated that Uhuru’s allies had lobbied hard for a committee route as a strategy to bait the Sonko supporters into opposing it.

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko testifies before the Senate on Thursday, December 17, 2020. Photo/Courtesy

Kang’ata’s team the pulled the plug at the last minute when it fell apart and it looked like the plenary was going to ratify the committee.

Another plan had been put in motion and Majority Leader Samuel Phogisio was convinced into abandoning the motion and to nail it, Speaker Ken Lusaka played ball, ruling that the House would go the plenary route catching Tanga Tanga brigades with surprise.

Sonko was reportedly on the verge of winning the majority of the house on the voting until someone in Tanga Tanga team leaked the plan to majority whip.

A Senator allied to DP Ruto told The Standard that by 3pm Sonko’s team had got the required senators to keep him in office until someone leaked to Kang’ata team of their sleeper cells.

Having got the crucial information, Kang’ata embarked on lobbying senators in the background as lawyers tore each other apart.

Senate Majority Chief Whip Irungu Kang’ata speaking during a past meeting. Source/Courtesy

Reports indicate that by 7pm, Kang’ata had worked on the “sleeper cells” had been worked on, and all that waited was for the counsel to finish their long-winded arguments before Sonko could be shown the door.

Reports indicate that many senators were not convinced by the lawyers for the assembly who engage in sideshows instead of providing evidence to defend the allegations.

Kang’ata’s also received instructions to have absentee senators participate via virtual voting, which helped consolidate numbers to pro-Uhuru’s side.

And by 11pm it all fell down on Sonko and his allies who were led by Meru Senator Mithika Linturi.

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