Governor Sonko had been working behind the scenes to scuttle the impeachment and had flown the MCAs to the Coast to strategize on how to defeat the motion.
A source intimated to Nyongesasande that the idea was to deny the Assembly a crucial two-thirds majority vote and consequently shoot down the impeachment motion, which was to be conducted virtually.
“They want to abstain from voting either ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ thus making it clear to the governor that they are loyal. The governor and his team will be monitoring to see if and how they vote,” said the source.
However, the move flopped as 58 MCAs were present in the chambers with the others logging in virtually. The House needed 42 MCAs to achieve a quorum.
The motion to remove Sonko from office was moved by Minority Leader Michael Ogada.
The ward reps accused the governor of gross violation of the law, misuse of office and inability to run the county government.
They said Sonko had failed to approve a Sh37.4 billion budget to facilitate the operations undertaken by the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS).
Ogada also listed the irregular awarding of a Sh1.5 billion tender for construction of stadia, among them Dandora Stadium, as a ground for Sonko’s impeachment.
This is, however, not the first time that the governor is dealing with an impeachment. Last December, a similar ouster motion was tabled by MCA Peter Imwatok.
Earlier this year, President Uhuru Kenyatta intervened and prevailed on MCAs to shelve the ouster plans to allow the deed of transfer agreement to be implemented.
Speaker Benson Mutura, while giving his communication to the House, said the earlier impeachment motion had been rendered null because it was not debated within the stipulated legal timeframe.
The MCAs, who are in Kwale county, claim they have been logged into the system despite switching their phones off.
The pro- Sonko MCAs who are 57 in total, have been in Kwale since Tuesday, with most of them switching off their phones since then.
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