Former Nairobi governor Mike Sonko’s political ambitions of becoming Mombasa governor might fail to materialize.
This is if the Supreme Court will fail to rule in his favor in the appeal case he filed over his December 2020 impeachment.
Sonko was removed from office over accusations of violation of the constitution and other laws, mentally incapable of running a county government office as well as abuse of office among other allegations.
He was first impeached by the County Assembly with 88 MCAs supporting his ouster. The impeachment was upheld by The Senate.
The flamboyant politician moved to the High Court to defend his seat but the decision was the same. The Court of Appeal also upheld his impeachment forcing him to move to the Supreme Court.
Now that Sonko has a pending case in court, he still can seek reelection. According to IEBC commissioner Abdi Guliye, the former governor has not exhausted the appeal mechanisms.
“The law guides us that if you have been found to be culpable incompetent by a court of law to have been impeached sufficiently for certain irregularities in the performance of your duty then if there are existing appeal mechanisms, you can still be eligible to vie but if all those appeal mechanisms have been exhausted and therefore the final verdict is uncontested then you shouldn’t run,” he said in a morning interview at Citizen TV.
He however said that the commission will be discussing the issue of impeached governors seeking reelection.
“This is a matter that is under discussion. In fact it is today that we are going to have a meeting to deliberate on that issue at the commission,” Guliye said.
Sonko is seeking the Mombasa gubernatorial seat on a Wiper ticket.