Showdown is looming at the Nairobi County Assembly on Thursday afternoon, December 3, as MCAs are set to debate and vote on Governor Mike Sonko’s impeachment.
The MCAs have vowed to proceed with Sonko’s ouster despite a court order issued by Justice Nzioka wa Makau on Tuesday, December 1 suspending the motion pending hearing and determination of a case filed by the governor.
In a game to derail his ouster process, Sonko employed a divide and rule tactic by taking MCAs allied to him for a vacation in Mombasa to deny his opponents the two thirds majority required to kick him out of City Hall.
The MCAs allied to Sonko insist that they are more than 60, daring their opponents to bring on the impeachment while on the other side, his opponents claim that they have 86 MCAs required to send him packing.
It will be a game of numbers in today’s motion and the impeachment motion may fail to take off if the team in support of Sonko’s ouster fail to reach the threshold of the two thirds majority in the house.
Sonko allied MCAs have insisted that the governor is the victim of a witch-hunt over his refusal to release funds to the Nairobi Metropolitan Services which they say is operating unconstitutionally.
Sonko is being accused of abuse of office, gross misconduct and lack of capability to run county affairs.
The impeachment motion was last week tabled in the County Assembly by Minority Leader and Kileleshwa Ward MCA Michael Ogada.
Ogada argued that Sonko has been in and out of courtrooms on various cases and is therefore unfit to hold public office.
The MCAs are reportedly acting on the orders of President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga.
86 out of 122 MCAs supported the impeachment motion to eject Sonko out of office.
The embattled governor has however dismissed the motion arguing that some of the signatures collected by the MCAs were invalid.
Sonko has also maintained that the allegations labeled against him were being handled in court and he’s not guilty until the court determine so.
Some of the MCAs allegedly denied signing the motion and shifted their allegiance to Governor Sonko, moments after his dramatic clash with police officers at Office Park, Riverside.
The ward reps disowned the reports that 86 of them had appended their signatures in favour of the impeachment bid.