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Nairobi MCAs impeach Governor Mike Sonko

The Nairobi County Assembly has impeached Governor Mike Sonko.

88 out of 122 MCAs Thursday voted in favor of the motion to remove Sonko from office while two voted against.

Speaker Benson Mutura chaired the session which needed at least 82 MCAs to vote in favour of the impeachment motion.

This is as over 40 MCAs allied to Sonko, who were holed up in Diani, Kwale County, say the voting was fraudulent because they were logged into assembly’s system even when their mobile phones were off.

They said the ‘fraud’ was in the form of being logged into the assembly’s e-voting system and “voting” for Sonko’s impeachment against their wish.

Governor Sonko had been working behind the scenes to scuttle the impeachment and had flown the MCAs to the Coast to strategize on how to defeat the motion.

The idea was to deny the Assembly a crucial two-thirds majority vote and consequently shoot down the impeachment motion, which was to be conducted virtually.

The motion to remove Sonko from office was moved by Kileleshwa MCA Michael Ogada.

Sonko was impeached on grounds of abuse of office, gross misconduct as well as lack of capability to run county affairs, accusations that he has repeatedly denied.

His impeachment is expected to trigger a legal battle as the Employment and Labour Relations Court had earlier this week issued orders temporarily barring the County Assembly from debating the motion pending the hearing of a case filed by the Governor.

The latest development sets the stage for a bruising legal and political battle.

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