Passaris Jumps to Sonko's Defence

  • Nairobi Woman Representative Esther Passaris on Saturday, December 7, jumped to the defence of Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko after he was arrested on Friday, December 6.

    Passaris was engaging Kenyans online when she issued her stand on the manner in which the arrest was carried out.

    "He is the governor of our county and he has not been found guilty yet. We need to find a way to handle office bearers without compromising the case with human rights violations," Passaris argued.

    "Why not issue summons to appear in court where charges will be read out?" she posed.

    Nairobi's Governor Mike Sonko is escorted by police officers after his arrest, at the Wilson airport in Nairobi, Kenya December 6, 2019.

    She joined the leaders who questioned how the arrest of Sonko was undertaken.

    Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo also criticised the governor's arrest.

    "The mishandling of and dramatic airlifting of Governor Sonko and front-page spread in all newspapers has not served any purpose other than make him a hero! The court day will be a scene from Hollywood," Mutula posted on Twitter.

    Economist David Ndii also weighed in, lauding the Nairobi woman rep for her suggestion.

    "Esther Passaris has a point. This showmanship is political theatre. Sonko should have been hunted down only after he failed to honour court summons," Ndii commented.

    Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko and Woman Representative Esther Passaris during the 2018 Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon.