Sonko writes letter to DPP over Anne Mwenda
Embattled Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has written to Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji insisting that he did not violate his bail terms by nominating a deputy.
Sonko, in a letter through his lawyer Cecil Miller, argued that his suspension from office should not be interpreted to mean that he has ceased being the county boss.
“We wish to note that the court in its bail ruling did not bar our client from exercising the constitutional functions of his office. Our client is bound to perform those actions which do not require him to access the office and which can only be done by him,” read the letter.
The letter also quoted Governor Ferdinand Waititu’s graft case where a Kiambu court ruled that though suspended, he was still entitled to full pay and remained the county boss.
On Monday this week, Sonko nominated Anne Kananu Mwenda as his deputy.
She is currently the Disaster Management and Coordination Sector Chief Officer for Nairobi County.
The move, according to Sonko, was in the interest of ensuring stability in Nairobi after he was barred from accessing his office.
However, a statement from the DPP’s office scoffed at the move.
Haji maintained that Sonko does not have the constitutional mandate to nominate his second-in-command.
“We will move to court to challenge this move. The court was clear on what Sonko cannot do. To purport to have power to name a deputy while his case is still on is a violation of the bail terms given to him,” the DPP warned.
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