Sonko's Arrest Drama Takes New Twist

  • The Council of Governors (COG) has waded into the Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko's arrest drama.

    In a statement sent to newsrooms on Sunday, December 8, the council of Governors launched a passionate appeal to president Uhuru Kenyatta to step in and rescue the situation from further deterioration.

    Noting the central role that the county government plays, the council of governors expressed their fears that the economy would suffer a huge blow should intervention not be forged as soon as possible.

    The head of the council of Governors Wycliffe Oparanya on December 8, 2019, announced that they would be taking steps to ensure the Sonko arrest issue is expedited as soon as possible to enable smooth functioning of the county government.

    "We are aware of the uniqueness of the Nairobi county government and therefore reach out to his excellency the President to convene an emergency summit to address the evolving situation," the statement read.

    The council of governors, led by Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya also made it clear that they were monitoring the Sonko situation to see what would come out of it.

    The Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko was dramatically arrested in Voi and airlifted to Nairobi on Friday, December 6 after the DPP ordered his arrest over allegations of misappropriating over Ksh357 million together with other county officials.

    His arrest leaves a power vacuum in the city due to his failure to nominate a deputy governor after his nominee Polycarp Igathe abandoned office in 2018.

    Lawyer Rahab Wanjiku, speaking to Kenyans.co.ke, stated that in case DPP Noordin Haji applies for Sonko to vacate office, the county shall be left in the hands of the speaker of the county assembly because Nairobi County has no deputy governor.

    Rahab, however, clarified that the decision to leave the county in the hands of the speaker would be fully determined by what the DPP will request from the courts and what determination will be reached by the judges during Sonko's arraignment.

    “If the Director of Public Prosecutions decides to request orders to have Sonko barred from office and prevented from using his positional powers as it happened to Kiambu Governor [Ferdinand Waititu], then Elachi will have her way to steer the city,” the Nairobi-based lawyer informed Kenyans.co.ke.

    The statement from the Council of Governors on Sunday, December 8, announcing the stand by the council of Governors on Sonko's arrest.