Impeached Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has sensationally revealed the political machinations behind his removal from office.
In a statement posted on social media, Sonko alleges that Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka and State House had a hand in his impeachment. It was the first time he was speaking since his humiliating dismissal on Thurday night.
“During the voting exercise Ksh 2 Million was offered by state for Christmas so that the law can be breached,” he alleges. “My good friend the Speaker of Senate Ken Lusaka told me he was under instructions from State to breach the law in presiding over my impeachment because he was scared of the carcinogenic wheelbarrow scandal being brought back when he was the Governor of Bungoma.”
Sonko further alleges that some of the Senators (whom he does not name) voted for his removal due to pressure from their political party bosses. “Some of my former colleagues in the Senate had to sacrifice me coz of the party political pressure from their Party Bosses who personally called them one by one to impeach me because I was not born in Statehouse and my father was not President nor Prime Minister and vice president as well.”
From Street Thug to Top Echelons of Power
While playing the class-card has become political capital, there is no denying that Sonko raised himself by his bootstraps from the dregs of Eastlands to the highest political office in Nairobi County.
Twenty seven Senators voted for his removal, 16 opposing. Mutula Kilonzo (Makueni) and Johnson Sakaja (Nairobi) abstained. Sonko was facing four charges: Gross violation of the Constitution and other laws; abuse of office; commission of crimes under the national laws, and lacking the mental capability to run the county government.
During the plenary hearing, it was alleged that Sonko had flown his daughter to the United States using public funds. “To my beautiful wife Primrose and daughter Saumu whose names were dragged into this mess while the trip was state approved continue to be strong women,” he wrote, before adding sarcastically: “You have never done any business with the County of Nairobi or won yourselves tenders with the Kemsa in the Covid Billionaires scandal to enrich yourselves or our family.”
Sonko did not reveal his future plans. But he promised that he will bounce back. “I have not been impeached by the people of Nairobi and Kenyans at large…To all my people and supporters who have been believing and standing with me throughout my 10 years political journey, I encourage you to promise yourself, no matter how hard it gets, do not give up on your dreams, no matter what happened or happens to me, I will stand with you and I will continue supporting you whenever you are in need.”