Supreme Court dismisses appeal, rules impeachment against Sonko was Constitutional

The Supreme Court has dismissed former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko’s appeal challenging his impeachment by the Nairobi County Assembly. 

In a joint verdict delivered on Friday, the seven-judge bench ruled that the impeachment proceedings against Sonko before the County Assembly and the Senate were properly conducted in accordance with Article 181 of the Constitution, Section 33 of the County Governments Act and Standing Orders of the Assembly and the Senate.

“From the record and submissions before this Court, we come to the irresistible conclusion that the impeachment of the appellant was in compliance with the Constitution and the law. We, therefore, find no merit in the Petition of Appeal,” ruled the Apex Court.

Sonko had moved to the Supreme Court seeking to have the highest court on the land set aside or declare as unconstitutional the resolution passed by Senate on December 17, 2020 for his removal from office through impeachment.

In its verdict, however, the Supreme Court ruled that Sonko was accorded adequate time and facility to respond to the charges against him both at the county assembly and in the Senate.

The Supreme Court verdict at the moment technically locks out Sonko from vying for the Mombasa Gubernatorial seat and any other elective seat in future.


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