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Shock To Sonko And Waititu As Impeachment Disqualifies Them From Holding Public Offices in Future

JAMES MUSYOKI

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Photo: Oustered Kiambu governor Ferdinand Waititu (left) with his counterpart oustered Nairobi governor Mike Sonko (right)

 

Recently impeached Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko and his counterpart former Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu stare at the risk of being denied the opportunity to hold any public office in the future. These are the sentiments of High Court advocate William Okech who spoke to expound on the implication of Sonko’s impeachment.

“People take some of these constitutional processes for granted. Impeachment is very punitive. Sonko stands disqualified from any election,” said Okech.

 

Okech’s sentiments were echoed by senior counsel Otiende Amollo and Lawyer Bob Mkangi who cited Chapter six of Kenya’s Constitution on Leadership and Integrity outlining that state officers removed for abuse of office should be barred from holding any other state office.

 

 

The enforcement of these rules is however squarely dependent on the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) and the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) both of which have spectacularly failed to implement the mandate.

 

 

This comes at a time when the former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has moved to court to stop IEBC from conducting by-elections for the Nairobi Gubernatorial seat. Through his lawyer Wilfred Nyamu, Sonko argues that his impeachment did not meet the threshold to remove him both in the Senate and the County Assembly, and therefore proceeding with the by-election is illegal.

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Photo: Ferdinand Waititu(Left) with Mike Sonko (right)

“IEBC will be proceeding on an illegality if they proceed to hold elections for the gubernatorial seat for Nairobi City County.” Nyamu asserted.

 

 

The impeached governor also attempted to stop the Nairobi County Assembly Speaker Benson Mutura from taking over as acting governor but to no success. Sonko did this through an urgent application to the High Court requesting that Mutura be barred from taking over Nairobi County but unfortunately his application didn’t go through since it had already been overtaken by the swearing-in ceremony that saw Mutura become the Acting Governor for Nairobi County.

 

Mutura is expected to act for 60 days before the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) conducts a by-election for Nairobi residents to elect a new governor.

 

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