Nairobi county assembly has impeached Governor Mike Sonko after 88 out of 122 MCAs voted in favor of the motion to impeach him on Thursday, December 3, 2020.
The MCAS accused the governor of gross misconduct and abuse of office.
Tactics backfired against Sonko despite flying about 40 MCAs to Diani, Kwale County in an effort to ensure that more than a third were out of Nairobi to prevent presence of two thirds majority needed to impeach him.
The team was caught off-guard after the Speaker Benson Mutura announced digital voting that would allow all MCAs to participate.
58 MCAs were in the chamber while the others joined the voting virtually.
The MCAs allied to Sonko however termed the voting as fraudulent claiming they were logged into the assembly’s electronic voting system unaware and voting in favor of the motion despite their phones being switched off.
The notice of motion had been filed by the Leader of Minority Michael Ogada where a total of 86 MCAs from both Jubilee and ODM impended their signatures in support of the motion.
This is despite and order by the employment and labor relations court to the county assembly not to proceed with the motion after Sonko went to court where Justice James Rika ruled that the governor would be prejudiced if impeached before his case is determined.
The Governor had earlier this year, survived an impeachment motion after a notice was filed by Makongeni MCA Peter Imwatok in February which was supported by 65 out of 122 MCAs.
He however got a reprieve on March 2, 2020, when the High Court stopped his impeachment as the judge ruled that due process had not been adhered to.
The house remains adjourned until 9th February 2021