Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko has decided to put a brave show as struggles to deal with an impeachment motion.
“I’m ready to go home. As I said before, there is life after politics. My father was not a politician,” he bravely claimed yesterday.
The chest-thumping continued: “I don’t need to be saved. I will stand firm like the Senate when they were dealing with the County (Allocation of) Revenue Bill. I will not, I shall not and I am not going to append my signature to give funds to an illegal entity.”
But despite the swaggering braggadocio, sources intimated that Sonko had reached out to ODM leader Raila Odinga to try and plead his case.
On Thursday, Sonko is said to have led a delegation of 20 MCAs to Jubilee Secretary General Raphael Tuju’s Nairobi home in a failed attempt to reach President Uhuru Kenyatta’s ear.
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“It hit a brick wall… the constant refrain is that Sonko signs the budget and allows the General to carry on or he is impeached and the General takes away everything in his absence. The issue of BBI support is also beginning to creep in,” said a source.
The sources was referring to Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) boss Maj-Gen Mohamed Badi.
By last count, 86 MCAs out of 122 had appended their signatures in support of the ouster motion, easily surpassing the one-third (42 members) threshold required by law.
According to the Nairobi County Assembly Standing Orders, the governor has one week to argue his case by presenting evidence against the grounds for his ouster. ODM Minority Leader Michael Ogada tabled the ouster motion.
The impeachment motion is slated for December 3.
Sonko is accused of abuse of office, gross violation of the law, committing crimes under national and international laws, and lacking the physical and mental capability to run the county government.
He is further accused of crippling operations of the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) and the County Executive through failure to assent to a Sh37.4 billion budget.
If the motion is passed by two-thirds of members of the assembly, Nairobi Assembly Speaker Benson Mutura shall inform the Speaker of the Senate of that resolution within two days.
If the Senate gives its approval, a vacancy will be declared in the Nairobi County Assembly.
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