Two Nairobians Sue Jubilee, Sonko, AG Over Igathe’s Resignation

February 21, 2018

Two city dwellers have moved to Court over the vacancy of the position of the deputy governor for Nairobi County.

Simon Kokoyo and Javan Owala have sued the Jubilee party, Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko and the Attorney General, arguing that the resignation of Polycarp Igathe could throw the leadership of the city into a crisis.

They claim that the rights of the Nairobi residents who voted for the governor and his deputy could be prejudiced with the absence.

According to the petitioners, the working relationship between Sonko and Igathe before they were voted into office was deemed to be complimentary hence they were elected as a package.

In the case documents, the two argued that the governor and his deputy entered a social contract with the public when they were elected in the August 8 polls.

“There is an urgent need for this court to move with speed as a custodian of the majesty of the constitution to reign in the rule of law by protecting the office of the deputy governor,” said Kokoyo.

“There is a real and present danger that unless intervened by the court, the rights of Nairobi County will be prejudiced.”

The duo wants the matter treated as urgent and an order issued declaring the resignation of Igathe as null and void.

They also want a temporary order issued blocking Sonko from being absent from office until there is a substantive deputy governor.

The suit comes days after Sonko appointed former Nairobi Town Clerk John Gakuo as the co-chair of the Nairobi Regeneration Committee.

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