High Court upholds Mike Sonko’s impeachment as governor of Nairobi Kenya News
- Mike Sonko went to court to try to overturn his indictment which he claimed was both non-procedural and unconstitutional
- Former governor claimed President Uhuru Kenyatta and other influential politicians orchestrated his ouster
- Justices Juma Chitembwe, Wilfrida Okwany and Weldon Korir argued that no outside force could have influenced the dismissal
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Former Nairobi governor Mike Sonko suffered another political blow after the High Court rejected a petition challenging his impeachment.
A panel of three judges on Thursday, June 24, confirmed the Senate’s decision to remove the flamboyant politician from the powerful county office of mayor.
The governor went to court to quash his indictment, which he said was both non-procedural and unconstitutional.
High Court upholds Anne Kananu’s appointment as deputy governor of Nairobi
Judges Juma Chitembwe, Wilfrida Okwany and Weldon Korir argued that no outside force could have influenced Sonko’s dismissal.
The former governor claimed that President Uhuru Kenyatta and other influential politicians orchestrated his ouster.
“It will be sad to believe that county assemblies and parliament are puppeteers of outside forces. They are constitutional. We find no merit that the dismissal of Sonko was conceived for reasons other than those of the Constitution (article 181) â, the judges ruled unanimously.
The trio found that the impeachment process was fully in line with the Constitution and legal requirements.
Kananu duly appointed
At the same time, the judiciary also confirmed the appointment and appointment of Anne Kananu as deputy governor of Nairobi.
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“Kananu’s appointment, verification, approval and swearing in as deputy governor was constitutional. All claims challenging his ascendancy are without merit and are hereby dismissed “, said the bench.
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This development means that there would be no by-election in Nairobi to elect Sonko’s replacement, as Kananu will take over as county chief after being sworn in to the governor’s office.
Kananu, a former head of disaster management and coordination in Nairobi, was shortlisted, approved and sworn in as deputy governor on Friday, January 15.
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