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Governor Sonko’s impeachment motion tabled

NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 20 – Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko risks losing his job if an impeachment motion against him tabled in the County Assembly on Thursday goes through.

The motion was tabled by Makongeni MCA Peter Imwatok, amid uproar from a section of MCAs sympathetic to Sonko.

One MCA was kicked out by Speaker Beatrice Elachi, amid shouts of “point of order” as Imwatok read out the motion, outlining grounds for Sonko’s impeachment.

“This will not be a house of shouting. It will be a house where we use the rule of law,” Speaker Elachi remarked when ordering MCAs to let Imwatok finish reading his motion.

“There will be no point of order as he issues a point of order,” she said.

The grounds for impeachment outlined, include gross violation of the Constitution and Public Finance Act 2012, inability to control and manage public debts and clear pending expenses, exhibiting incompetence and inability to offer leadership, willingly failing to name a Deputy Governor with an ulterior motive of holding the county at ransom.

He also cited irregular award of tenders, saying most were inflated in prices.

The motion also cited irregular payment of suppliers among others.

MCAs will debate the motion after 7 days, during which the Governor will be given a chance to argue his case.

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Once the motion is placed on the order paper, it shall be disposed of within three days.

Under Article 181 of the Constitution, a Governor can be removed from office over gross violation of this Constitution or any other law, where there are serious reasons for believing that the county governor has committed a crime under national or international law, abuse of office or gross misconduct and physical or mental incapacity to perform the functions of office of county governor.

Some 65 MCAs signed up to impeach Governor Sonko before the motion was tabled in the Assembly on Thursday.

If impeached by the County Assembly, Sonko will have a chance to argue his case at the Senate.

A similar exercise saw Ferdinand Waititu exit the office of Governor in Kiambu and the entry of his deputy James Nyoro, as the new county chief.

Like Waititu, Sonko is battling a multi-million-shilling case in court.

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