Mike Sonko detained as police fire teargas, disrupt meeting with MCAs
Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko was briefly detained on Monday as police fired teargas to disrupt a meeting with members of the county assembly.
The meeting is said to have been taking place at the home of a city tycoon in Riverside.
Reports indicate that he was meeting the MCAs to rally support ahead of the looming impeachment.
Sonko is exploring all options to block his planned impeachment.
In a letter dated November 27 that was addressed to the Speaker of the Nairobi County Assembly, Sonko cited an existing order barring his removal from office.
“By your purporting to process a fresh impeachment motion against Hon. Mike Sonko Mbuvi while these proceedings are pending, you have committed an act of intentional disrespect to these judicial proceedings…which constitutes contempt of court,” the letter from his lawyer Harrison Kinyajui reads in part.
The county assembly speaker however insists that the court order will not have any impact on the current process since the mover of the motion and the grounds listed are different.
Governor Sonko’s legal team remains adamant that new motion is inadmissible since it breached the directions of the court and amounted to subjudice.
The Nairobi County boss is expected to appear before the county assembly next week to defend himself against the accusations leveled against him.
Thereafter, county assembly members will vote to approve or reject the motion pushing for his ouster.
If approved, the governor’s fate will then lie with the Senate, not forgetting the prevailing political situation.
Additional report by Chemutai Goin
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