In Summary
  • Boniface Nyamu, a lawyer, wants the High Court to declare Sonko unfit to hold public office.
  • Justice Okwany said the case raises weighty constitutional issues which need to be determined.
  • Nyamu argues that although Nairobi is a business and commercial hub in eastern Africa, it has become "unworkable and unlivable" because Governor Sonko has neglected his duties.
  • The petitioner adds that Mr Sonko has been busy with “side shows and publicity stunts” and continues to blame his predecessor Evans Kidero and Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho for his failures.

The High Court on Thursday certified as urgent a case seeking the ouster of Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko.

Justice Wilfrida Okwany directed the petitioner, lawyer Boniface Nyamu, to serve Mr Sonko with the suit papers.

MATATU BAN

Mr Nyamu asked the High Court to declare Mr Sonko unfit to hold office.

The case was filed a day after the governor allowed public service vehicles back into the city centre, hours after ban that caused more chaos, confusion and congestion, the very thing his policy he intended to end.

He also claims that Mr Sonko engaged in acts of gross misconduct and cites the tree-planting drive at Moi Forces Academy, where the governor allegedly demeaned Environment Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko in the presence of President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Further, he cites an incident in which goons who harassed former Nairobi Business Community Chairman Timothy Muriuki alleged that the governor had sent them.

WEIGHTY ISSUES

Justice Okwany said the case raises weighty constitutional issues which need to be determined.

She gave Mr Nyamu 14 days to serve Governor Sonko with the suit papers.

“I have carefully perused the petition and the certificate of urgency filed by Mr Nyamu. I find that it raises serious constitutional issues which need to be heard and determined,” Justice Okwany said.

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