Uhuru urges Nairobi MCAs to be lenient on Governor Sonko

Uhuru urges Nairobi MCAs to be lenient on Governor Sonko

BY  UPESI NEWS REPORTER ,NAIROBI,29TH FEB 2020-President Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday  urged Nairobi members of county assembly to drop the impeachment motion against Governor Mike Sonko.

President Kenyatta made the appeal during a meeting with a majority of the city’s ward representatives at State House in Nairobi.

The MCAs were told to “act in the greater good ” of the county.

The county’s communications director, Elkana Jacob, said the MCAs agreed to drop the motion and focus on service delivery as advised.

However, the mover of the motion, Makongeni MCA Peter Imwatok, who did not attend the meeting, said he would not be deterred.

The motion is set to be tabled before the assembly on Tuesday.

The Minority Whip, who moved the motion on February 20, cited grounds including gross violation of the Constitution, incompetency, an inability to lead and holding the county at ransom with the lack of a deputy governor.

By that day, 62 of the county’s 122 MCAs had appended their signatures in support of the motion.

A large number of MCAs, from both the majority and minority sides, attended the meeting which started minutes after 10amd and ended at about 1.20pm.

Mr Imwatok skipped it alongside minority leader David Mberia and a number of members in the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM).

They said they received the communication late on Friday, when they had already left the capital.

Mr Imwatok was in Kisumu County for a burial while Mr Mberia was in Meru for the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) rally at Kinoru Stadium.

In attendance were Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka, Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa, Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja and Nairobi Speaker Beatrice Elachi.

Governor Sonko has handed three of the county’s major functions to the national government.

They are roads, transport and infrastructure; health; and lands, housing and urban planning.

Regarding this, South B MCA Chege Waithera said the President told them the state acted in the best interests of Nairobi and devolution.

President Kenyatta said they analysed several options before settling on the takeover, the goal being to save the city from a crisis.

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