Nairobi governor Mike mbuvi aka sonko has filed a petition to challenge the move by the senators to uphold his impeachment.
In Sonkos petition, he states that the trial was not fair and was political meaning that its against the Law and the will of Nairobi citizens.
According to Daily Nation, the former county boss filed his petition at a Nairobi High Court on Monday, December 21, through his lawyer Harrison Kinyanjui. He pleaded with the court to overturn the Senate’s decision, arguing the House was politically influenced thus did not grant a fair trial. Sonko also asked the court to issue temporary orders barring the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) from conducting a by-election to elect a substantive governor.
According to the constitution, a by-election is supposed to held within 60 days from the date the interim or acting governor assumes office. On Monday, Nairobi county Speaker Benson Mutura was sworn-in as the acting governor. Mutura took the oath of office since the city county did not have a deputy governor either.
In the instance of the impeachment of former Kiambu governor Ferdinand Waititu in January 2020, James Nyoro, the then deputy governor, took over the mantle of leadership and has remained at the helm of the county leadership to date.
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If the court will grant Sonko his prayers, Mutura’s stay in office as the acting governor will most likely be determined by how long the dispute will be heard and determined.