Swearing in of Nairobi Acting Governor Postponed

The swearing in of Nairobi County Assembly Speaker Benson Mutura as the acting Governor has been postponed.

According to reports by Citizen TV, the swearing ceremony was canceled after the judge who was to preside over the event arrived late.

“The Constitution stipulates that the exercise be conducted from 10am-2pm,” the Assumption of Office Committee Chairperson Justus Kathenge said on Friday, December 18.

According to reports, the ceremony was postponed when Speaker, who was supposed to take oath of office, and MCAs were already seated in the chambers.

Mutura was to be sworn in the acting capacity for a period of 60 days after the impeachment of Mike Sonko on Thursday night, December 17 by the Senate.

Former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko. Photo/Courtesy

Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) is expected to conduct a by-election for Nairobians to elect a new county governor is within those 60 days after the Speaker assumes the office of county governor.

Benson Mutura was elected as the Speaker of the Nairobi County Assembly in August this year after his predecessor Beatrice Elachi resigned.

The senate yesterday found Governor Sonko guilty of the charges which were tabled before it by Nairobi County Assembly.

27 senators voted Yes, 16 voted No and two abstained (Makueni’s Mutula Kilonzo and Nairobi’s Johnson Sakaja) in all the four charges.

City Hall. Photo/courtesy

“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.

The supremacy battle between President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto played in the voting process with senators allied to Uhuru 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.

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