, NAIROBI, Kenya, June 21 – Senator Mike Sonko has dared Evans Kidero to take him to court over allegations he made that the Nairobi Governor was complicit in the deaths of Nairobi residents during evictions.
While responding to Kidero’s letter to Senate Speaker Ekwee Ethuro that he be punished, Sonko reiterated that he has documents in his possession which give evidence of the Governor’s misdeeds.
- Senate Public Accounts and Investments Committee is this week expected to meet to deliberate on the clash between Sonko and Kidero
- The watchdog committee chaired by Kisumu Senator Anyang' Nyong'o sought guidance from the Speaker on whether they should write to the Governor to formally apologise over the incident which some Senators have said greatly embarrassed the Upper House
- The Senate Standing Orders outline stringent measures for disorderly conduct including being banned from attending the sitting for three days or could be stopped from attending sessions for a maximum of 28 sittings
“The Governor going by his past conduct cannot cry holiness and be the judge of conduct that meets the threshold of Chapter Six of the Constitution. The House Committee did not finalise its audit of the City County Accounts and he should not create stories and make unnecessary demands to the House of Senate,” Sonko stated in counter letter to the Senate Speaker.
Sonko pointed out that he is a duly elected Senator and will not be gagged and intimidated to go slow in protecting the interests of the people of Nairobi.
“I wish to affirm to the people of Nairobi my commitment to interrogate the 2013/2014 audit report by the Auditor General and to ensure audit queries raised are addressed,” he stated.
He explained that allegations that he was drunk during the unruly Senate session are unfounded.
“Claims that Senators and specifically I was drunk during the session are not only laughable but a cheap propaganda meant to divert the public attention from the real issues,” he stated.
He has now challenged Kidero to take him to court where he can be cross-examined publicly on the proof that is available.
“I invite him to pursue legal action instead where I can cross examine him publicly on the documents in my possession which I seem to be barred from doing in the House Committee as well as in the media,” he said.
While alluding to the scuffle between him and Kidero, Sonko stated that he was acting in his defence and cited a past incident where Kidero slapped Nairobi Woman Representative Rachel Shebesh.
“On his way out, he approached my seat and sensing ill motive, I stood up to face him and clearly being aware of his previous physical conduct was ready to defend myself. I believe also the act of approaching me was to snatch and disorganise my paper work I had arranged on the table,” he claimed.
In his letter, Kidero had stated that he will not appear before the Senate again if Sonko is not punished for insulting him.
He had also indicated that if no action is taken against Sonko, he will move to the Supreme Court to seek an advisory opinion to challenge the parliamentary immunity given to members, in order to clear his name.
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During the altercation, the Senator had accused Kidero of grabbing property belonging to city residents.