Nairobi MCA seeks special sitting over barring of Sonko from office


File image of Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko. PHOTO| MIKE SONKO| FACEBOOK
File image of Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko. PHOTO| MIKE SONKO| FACEBOOK

Nairobi County Assembly Minority Leader David Mberia has written to Speaker Beatrice Elachi requesting for a special sitting of the assembly to discuss the leadership crisis at City Hall.

The minority leader wants the County Assembly to convene for the special sitting on Tuesday, December 17.

“The objective of the sitting is to enable the Assembly to deliberate on the leadership crisis ailing the County Government of Nairobi, and in particular, on the Office of the Governor following the court ruling barring him from his office,” reads part of the letter dated December 11, 2019.

Nairobi County Secretary Leboo Morintat has, however, dismissed reports that operations at City Hall have stalled.

“This is to assure the public that nothing has stalled at City Hall and we going on with our normal service delivery programs as captured in the governor’s development agenda,” Leboo said.

Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja had also requested Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka for a special session to address the power vacuum at city hall after the anti-corruption court barred Governor Sonko from accessing his office.

However, Speaker Kenneth Lusaka told Citizen TV on Friday that: ”According to our standing orders it is clear that a special sitting can be done only by the majority leaders and minority leader with the support of 15 signatures.”

According to him, convening a special sitting is a prerogative of the Majority and Minority leaders of the Upper House.

Sonko, who has operated without a deputy governor since January 2018, is facing 19 corruption related charges over irregular procurement and payment of over Ksh.357 million.

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