Governor Sonko in hot soup for undermining devolution

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Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko is standing accused of running his county with just five members in his County Executive Committee (CEC), as opposed to the 10 that are required.

In addition, the fact that his county has no substantive speaker after last year’s impeachment of Ms Beatrice Elachi complicates matters even further as the speaker’s office is third in the line of succession.

“If a vacancy occurs in the office of county governor and that of deputy county governor, or if the deputy county governor is unable to act, the speaker of the county assembly shall act as county governor,” states Article 182 (4).

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The Senate was unified in their view that Governor Sonko was actively undermining devolution by running the government against stipulated laws.

They went on to propose that Sonko should appear before the Senate Devolution and Inter-Governmental Committee to explain why he had ignored the Supreme Court ruling that provided governors to nominate candidates within 14 days.

Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei called on the Jubilee Party to step in and ensure that the capital gets a deputy governor.

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