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Swearing-in of Speaker Benson Mutura as Acting Nairobi Governor Postponed

by Zablon Ondari
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The swearing-in of Nairobi County Assembly Speaker Benson Mutura as the acting governor has been postponed.

This happened after the presiding judge missed the 10am to 2pm timeframe. According to the law, the ceremony cannot proceed before 10am or after 2pm.

Mutura was to be sworn in an acting capacity for the next 60 days until a new governor is elected in a by-election slated for February next year.

This follows Senate’s impeachment of Governor Mike Sonko on Thursday night, 17th December.

The Senate voted on four charges to impeach the governor. He was found guilty of gross violation of the Constitution and other laws, abuse of office, violation of national laws, and lacking the mental capacity to run the city county government.

A total of 27 Senators voted YES, 16 voted NO while two Senators, Johnson Sakaja (Nairobi) and Mutula Kilonzo Jr (Makueni), abstained.

Mutura, who is a former Makadara MP, was elected Speaker of Nairobi County Assembly in August after the resignation of Beatrice Elachi. Mutura won the position with 99 votes out of 122 votes.

He defeated five other contestants, including former Nairobi Deputy Speaker Ken Ngondi, former Nairobi Economic Planning chief officer Washington Makodingo, Abdi Ali Abdi, who came second to Elachi in the 2017 election, Mike Obonyo Guoro, and Allan Chacha Mang’era.

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