Court of Appeal directs Anne Kananu to be sworn in as Nairobi Governor, dealing blow to Sonko

Appellate Court halts swearing in of Anne Kananu as Nairobi Governor

The Court of Appeal rules that Sonko has been out of office for over 10 months and is no longer Nairobi Governor, paving the way for Ann Kananu to be sworn in.

In July this year, The Court of Appeal temporarily stopped the swearing-in of Kananu as the Nairobi Governor pending the hearing of a case filed by former county chief Mike Sonko.

Late June 2021, a three-judge bench ruled that the nomination, vetting and swearing-in of Kananu was done in accordance with the law, adding that they could not fault the Nairobi County Assembly and the Senate for their decision to impeach Sonko.

Aggrieved with the said judgment, Sonko together with activist Okiya Omtata moved to the Court of Appeal.

Sonko cited what he believed were irregularities committed by both the Nairobi County Assembly as well as the Senate in his impeachment process.

The embattled politician claimed the Assembly did not meet the threshold to remove him, saying the process of voting was characterized by forgery as some members were away in Kwale.

According to Sonko he was denied a chance to defend himself against the alleged grounds for his impeachment before the County Assembly as the advocate he sent in his place was denied entry.

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