Embattled Nairobi governor Mike Sonko has for the first time spoken after his impeachment by the senate.
Taking to his social media accounts on Saturday 19th December 2020, the controversial former county boss condemned the move stating that it was orchestrated by the state. Sonko noted that Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka was under firm instructions to breach the law fearing that his wheelbarrow scandal would be brought back during his reign as the Governor of Bungoma.
“ My good friend the Speaker of Senate @SpeakerKLusaka told me he was under instructions from State to breach the law in presiding over my impeachment because he was scared of the carcinogenic wheelbarrow scandal being brought back when he was the Governor of Bungoma,” he wrote.
Sonko, whose impeachment was motivated by the fact that he has failed to release funds to the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) alleged that Senators who voted for his ouster were personally called and rewarded with Ksh2 million each.
During the voting exercise Ksh 2 Million was offered by state for Christmas so that the law can be breached.
— Mike Sonko (@MikeSonko) December 19, 2020
On Thursday, the Senate upheld the decision by the Nairobi County Assembly that saw 88 MCAs out of 122 votes for the impeachment of the governor.
The impeachment motion was presented before the assembly by Minority Leader Michael Ogada with 82 MCAs.
Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka stated the four main charges namely; gross violation of the constitution and other laws, abuse of office, gross misconduct, and crimes under national law.
On the first count of Gross Abuse of the Constitution of Kenya, 27 senators voted in favour of the motion, 16 rejected it, while two senators, Mutula Kilonzo Jr and Johnson Sakaja abstained.