The Senate on Thursday 17th December upheld the decision by the Nairobi County Assembly that saw 88 MCAs out of 122 in favour of the ouster of Nairobi governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko.
Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka stated the four main charges namely; gross violation of the constitution and other laws, abuse of office, gross misconduct, and crimes under national law.
On the first count of Gross Abuse of the Constitution of Kenya, 27 senators voted in favour of the motion, 16 no while two senators abstained.
The voting pattern was replicated on all other charges preferred against Mike Sonko. Hours after Speaker Lusaka gazetted his impeachment, Sonko has the option of moving to the Supreme Court to challenge his removal.
However, this puts both the office of the governor and the deputy governor as vacant as his deputy Polycarp Igathe resigned barely six months after assuming office citing failure to earn the trust of his boss to enable him to deliver services to Nairobians.
According to the Kenyan Constitution, if a vacancy occurs in both offices, the speaker shall assume office for 60 days after which an election of Governor shall be held.
Sonko becomes the second Governor to be impeached after Ferdinand Waititu who was ousted in January.