By Solomon Koko
Nairobi’s Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko can breathe a sigh of relief after it was ruled that the plenary senate will sit next week to investigate that led to his impeachment motion.
In a special Senate seating, speaker Ken Lusaka gave the directions noting that the senate trial will be listened to in the assembly in full instead of a special committee as had been expected. This followed the withdrawal of a plan by majority leader Samuel poghisio to have the motion determined by an 11 member committee.
“Following the withdrawal to have a committee route, we will have the plenary investigate the motion next week on Thursday, 16th and Friday, 17th,” he ruled. The capital’s Governor preferred a plenary hearing. Representatives from the County assembly will be the first at the senate hearing against Sonko who will be accorded a chance to respond to the allegations.
The allegations range from violating the constitution, gross mis-conduct and abuse of abuse.
In a previous interview, Speaker Lusaka had vowed to ensure no stones had been left unturned.
“The Senators will decide how the matter will be handled but I will see to it that he (Sonko) gets a fair hearing,”
The motion to impeach the Governor was fronted by the Assembly’s Minority leader Michael Ogada in a motion supported by 88 out of 122 Members of the County Assembly. However, over 70 MCAs allied to the Governor claimed to have recorded statements alleging that they were impersonated by rogue Assembly officials.