Court cer­ti­fies suit seek­ing to kick out Sonko ur­gent

Business Daily (Kenya) - - ECONOMY & POLITICS - Richard Munguti [email protected]­tion­ Court di­rects Mr Nyamu to serve the suit pa­pers on Mr Sonko within two weeks

The High Court has cer­ti­fied as ur­gent a case seek­ing to kick out Nairobi Gov­er­nor Mike Sonko from of­fice.

Lady Jus­tice Wil­frida Ok­wany said the pe­ti­tion filed by lawyer Boni­face Nyamu raises weighty con­sti­tu­tional is­sues, which need to be de­ter­mined.

Jus­tice Ok­wany di­rected Mr Nyamu to serve the suit pa­pers on Mr Sonko within 14 days.

“I have care­fully pe­rused the pe­ti­tion and the cer­tifi­cate of ur­gency filed by Mr Nyamu and find that it raises se­ri­ous con­sti­tu­tional is­sues which need to be heard and de­ter­mined,” she ruled and said Mr Sonko needs to be given time to re­spond to the is­sues and di­rected him to do so within 21 days upon re­ceipt of the suit pa­pers.

In his pe­ti­tion, Mr Nyamu has cited the re­cent ban on mata­tus from the cen­tral busi­ness district as one of the grounds for Sonko’s re­moval.

He also ac­cused the gov­er­nor of ver­bally as­sault­ing an MCA, record­ing pri­vate calls and fail­ing to pick a deputy gov­er­nor.

“When we were elect­ing the gov­er­nor, we elected him along­side his deputy gov­er­nor in con­sid­er­a­tion that they would com­ple­ment each other in terms of pol­i­tics and de­vel­op­ment but im­me­di­ately the re­spon­dent was sworn in, he started frus­trat­ing his deputy un­til the deputy gov­er­nor re­signed,” ar­gues the lawyer.

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