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Senate convenes a special sitting to begin impeachment proceedings against Governor Sonko



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Senate will today convene a special sitting to begin impeachment proceedings against Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko.

The impeachment trial, which was scheduled between last Thursday and Friday, was rescheduled to today, and the lawmakers will take the final vote tomorrow.

On Tuesday, members of Nairobi County Assembly, met their legal team at Windsor Hotel to strategize how to defend their case.

Last week, the House failed to proceed with the investigation through a special committee after the Leader of Majority Samuel Poghisio withdrew his motion for the formation of the committee, forcing the Speaker to plan another special sitting.

Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka.

Both sittings will begin at 9am, with the impeachment case the only business for the Senate, which will thereafter resume the recess until February 9, 2021.

Mr Sonko is facing four charges — gross violation of the Constitution and other laws, abuse of office, violation of national laws and lacking the mental capability to run the county government.

The Senate has 67 senators but because the impeachment of a governor is a matter concerning counties, the voting will be conducted through delegations. There are 47 delegations in the House, which are presided over by elected senators. The delegations are determined on the basis of where each senator is a registered voter.

Governor Sonko will need 24 delegations to survive his removal from office.

If he fails, he will be the second governor after Waititu to be impeached.

Governor Mike Sonko.

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