National Politics

Sonko’s impeachment rules him out of any public office

ontroversial former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko
Nairobi's Governor Mike Sonko (C) is escorted after the High Court granted him bail at the Milimani law court in Nairobi, Kenya on December 11, 2019. (Photo by STRINGER / AFP) (Photo by STRINGER/AFP via Getty Images)

The ouster of former Nairobi Governor from office has deep implication on his career. Many Kenyans on social media have been wondering whether Mike Sonko can vie for an elective post and most importantly whether he can vie for the Gubernatorial position during the upcoming by-election.

According to the constitution, One cannot bounce back into any elective position once they are found to have violated the constitution or due to abuse of public office. Therefore, as a consequence of his removal from office on grounds of gross misconduct, violation of the constitution and abuse of office; his actions contravene several several provisions of the law including article 75, 180 and article 193 of the constitution. as a result of these allegations which were used to impeach him, the flamboyant Nairobi politician can never hold any public office.

His only avenue could have been finding a backdoor through lounging a court appear against his ouster, however this avenue seems to have been overtaken by time especially with the approval of the senate generally due to the separation of powers. It should be noted that in real sense, a sitting of the senate either as a plenary or through constituted house committee has similar powers to those of the courts. Hence the best avenue where he could have arrested the situation was at the county assembly. This could have informed his decision not to pursue the matter in court on Friday even after the delay in the swearing in of the county speaker as the governor in acting capacity.