The Senate has voted for the removal of Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko after finding him guilty of the charges which were tabled before it by Nairobi County Assembly.
Senators voted to oust Sonko following two-day proceedings where the governor was defending himself against accusations of gross misconduct, violation of the constitution, crimes under national law, and abuse of office.
In all the four charges, 27 voted Yes, 16 voted No and two abstained (Makueni’s Mutula Kilonzo and Nairobi’s Johnson Sakaja).
“The effect of the vote is that pursuant to Article 181 of the Constitution Section 33 of the County Government Act and Standing Order No. 75 of the Senate Standing Orders, Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko of Nairobi City County stands impeached,” Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka announced after voting was concluded on Thursday night, December 17.
The row between President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto was clearly portrayed in the voting process with senators allied to Kenyatta and his handshake partner, ODM leader Raila Odinga voted to uphold the motion while those aligned to DP Ruto’s camp voting in favor of Sonko.
In his defence, through his lawyers, the embattled governor had argued that his removal was unlawful as it was not supported by the required two-thirds of Members of Nairobi County Assembly.
Nairobi MCA Silvia Museiya, who was among 57 Nairobi County MCAs who were in Diani, Kwale County at the time of Sonko’s impeachment, had testified to the Senate that the voting did not meet the threshold as two-thirds of the members were not present.
She stated that she and other 56 MCAs who were in Diani did not vote they did not have their mobile phones when the voting was going.
Nairobi County Assembly Speaker Benson Mutura will now take charge of the City in an acting capacity for two months after which a by-election will be conducted to elect a new governor.G