Sakaja asks Speaker Lusaka to recall senators to discuss Nairobi crisis

Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja (pictured) has written to the Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka asking him to recall the House to discuss the Nairobi County crisis.

Sakaja argues that the county stares at serious crisis after the Anti-Corruption Court released Governor Mike Sonko but issued orders restraining him from accessing his office.

Chief Magistrate Douglas Ogoti even gave conditions under which the governor can be allowed to visit his office.

“If need be, he [Sonko] can be escorted to his office by the investigating officer or any other authorised officer,” Chief Magistrate Ogoti ruled.

Part of the letter drafted by Senator Sakaja asking for an emergency sitting read:

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Sakaja has called for a special senate sitting in reference to Standing Order (30) (i) and Article 96 of the Constitution of Kenya which he said mandates the Senate to protect the interest of the counties.

Sakaja said that the situation calls for urgent response because the county is at the brink of serious constitutional crisis.

Speaker Kenneth Lusaka confirmed receiving the request for special sitting by Sakaja and added that he was putting it into consideration.

“I confirm receipt of the letter by Senator Sakaja Johnson in which he asks for a Senate special sitting to discuss the leadership crisis in Nairobi County. My office is considering the request and I will give an official response in due time,” said Lusaka in a tweet.

Governor Sonko was released today on Sh15 million cash bail or an alternative of Sh30 million bond with a surety of a similar amount.

Sonko is facing a total of 19 charges in two separate files, with the prosecution claiming that he conspired with rogue business people and senior county government officials to embezzle more than Sh380 million from the county coffers.

Some of the charges include conspiracy to commit an offence of corruption, conflict of interest to money laundering, and acquisition of proceeds of crime.

The county chief was arrested early Friday, December 6 after a green light from the Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji.

The case will be mentioned on January 15, 2020.

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Nairobi SenatorJohnson SakajaMike SonkoKenneth LusakaNairobi County