Governor Kidero, Senator Sonko in violent altercation over murder claims

A session of the Senate Public Affairs Committee (PAC) was prematurely terminated after Nairobi Governor Dr Evans Kidero and Senator Gidion Mbuvi alias Mike Sonko engaged in a heated verbal altercation.

Kidero and Sonko are said to have exchanged words after the latter alleged that the Governor, and some of his allies, had murdered a property owner on Nairobi’s lavish Kilimani estate.

Sonko was, however, ordered by the session’s chair to withdraw the remarks and apologize since the utterances were not within the Standing Orders and the Senate has no jurisdiction to deal with such issues.

A defiant Sonko refused to withdraw the remarks, however, adding that he has already reported the matter to police for investigations and subsequent action.

Although Sonko is not a member of the committee, he was allowed to attend the session by the virtue of being the Nairobi Senator and a friend of the committee.

Kidero was appearing before the Senate’s PAC to respond to audit queries over alleged massive financial impropriety at City Hall.

The two leaders have been at loggerheads with the Senator accusing the Governor of failing to execute his mandate and misusing the tax payers’ resources.

It is alleged that Sonko punched the Governor on the chest after the latter reportedly threatened to rough up the flamboyant Senator.

It took the intervention of the Senators to calm down the two leaders although journalists were locked out of the committee room after the two leaders almost went physical.

Speaking after leaving the committee room, the Senator confirmed punching the Governor adding that he used his tactics to block the latter from hitting him.

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Story By Koome Kimonye
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