The Senate Wednesday kicked off the hearing of impeachment charges against Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko in a sitting that was largely dominated by push and pull during the witnesses’ examination session.
On the first day of the investigations, the County Assembly submitted grounds and evidence for his removal as Sonko’s counsel sought to quash the evidence.
In the special sitting which started with a closed-door session MCAs through Minority leader, Michael Ogada, laid bare reasons for the impeachment among them diversion of funds meant for road construction and bursaries, violation of the deed of transfer of the Nairobi county government functions to the national government and abuse of office.
Sonko through his legal counsel Harrison Kinyanjui denied all charges, accusing the County Assembly of denying him a fair hearing
The Senate hearing which is expected to continue Thursday will see the Governor present his evidence with a view of rebutting those presented by the Nairobi County Assembly.
The Senate is expected to probe and vote on all the charges leveled against governor Mike Sonko.
Sonko is appearing in the plenary after lawmakers decided against establishing a committee to hear the impeachment motion against the besieged Governor after Majority leader Samuel Poghisio withdrew a motion seeking its establishment in the last minute.