City Lawyer Ordered to Pay Sonko Ksh5K for Wasting Time

  • A city lawyer was on Wednesday fined Ksh 5,000 for wasting time in a case he had sued Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko demanding that he vacates office.

    The petitioner, Boniface Nyamu, through his lawyer, applied to have the case, which was to be heard on Wednesday, be postponed since he was feeling unwell.

    Nyamu, who is an advocate of the High Court, explained that Sonko deserved to vacate the office following a ban on matatus from accessing the City Center.

    He also faulted the Governor of assaulting Members of the County Assembly as well as recording phone calls and then releasing them to the public.

    “When we were electing the Governor, we elected him alongside his deputy governor in consideration that they would complement each other in terms of politics and development but immediately the respondent was sworn in, he started frustrating his deputy until the Deputy governor resigned,” he further argued.

    High Court Judge James Makau, however, ruled that the application for adjournment was not justified terming it as a very serious matter.

    After awarding the fine, Makau nonetheless postponed the case's hearing to August this year.

    In court papers, Nyamu argued that Sonko had not fulfilled promises and that he had no clue about what was going on in the city.

    The advocate also poked holes at the governor's failure to name a deputy for a year since Polycap Igathe resigned.

    In his defence, Sonko denied the allegations arguing that there was no statistical bases, benchmarks or any finding of expertise to back up the claims.