Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen has defended Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko following his move to appoint a new Deputy.
In a tweet on Monday, Murkomen said Governor Sonko has not violated his bail terms as claimed by the Director of public prosecution, Noordin Haji.
On Monday, the embattled Nairobi Governor forwarded the name of Ann Mwenda to the County Assembly for vetting and approval. The Governor had been barred from accessing office over graft allegations.
However, Murkomen pointed out that Sonko was not barred from discharging his duties. “Going by our earlier interpretation of the Court of Appeal decision, Gov.Sonko has not violated his bail terms by appointing a Deputy Governor. In any case, there is no connection between appointments and protection of evidence relating to DPP’s case,” he tweeted.
Haji had warned the county boss against appointing the Deputy Governor and setting a parallel office after the court’s declaration. He promised to move to court to challenge the nomination of Ann into office.
Haji insists that Sonko has no power to nominate a Deputy Governor after he was arrested and charged in court over graft. “We will move to court to challenge this move. The court was clear on what Sonko cannot do. To purport to have power to name a deputy while his case is still on is a violation of the bail terms given to him,” Haji warned.