The Supreme Court has dismissed former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko’s appeal challenging his impeachment by the Nairobi County Assembly.
In a joint verdict delivered on Friday, the seven-judge bench ruled that the impeachment proceedings against Sonko before the County Assembly and the Senate were properly conducted in accordance with Article 181 of the Constitution, Section 33 of the County Governments Act and Standing Orders of the Assembly and the Senate.
“From the record and submissions before this Court, we come to the irresistible conclusion that the impeachment of the appellant was in compliance with the Constitution and the law. We, therefore, find no merit in the Petition of Appeal,” ruled the Apex Court.
The Supreme Court verdict at the moment locks Sonko out of the Mombasa Gubernatorial race.
Persons impeached from office are deemed to have contravened Article 75(3) of the Constitution which stipulates that “A person who is removed from office on contravention of Chapter 6 of the Constitution is disqualified from holding any other State or public office whether elective or appointive.”
Sonko had earlier been cleared by the electoral commission IEBC to vie for the position of Mombasa Governor after he moved to the Supreme Court to challenge his impeachment.
It however appears his joy was short-lived.