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3-Judge bench to hear suit barring Sonko from Mombasa Governor’s race

[Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko. Photo/courtesy].

Chief Justice Martha Koome has constituted a three-judge bench to hear all petitions seeking to bar former Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko from the Mombasa gubernatorial race.

At least seven petitions have been filed against Sonko’s efforts to take over the mantle from Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho.

Judges David Majanja, Mugure Thande and Chacha Mwita will recall all the petitions to Nairobi where they will be consolidated into one.

The three high court judges are expected to set hearing dates for the petition after all the files have been consolidated.

Hearing of the matter will be at the Milimani court in Nairobi.

Meanwhile, the Mombasa Gubernatorial candidate says he has all the constitutional right to be in the ballot come August, 9 during the General elections.

Sonko says he wants to work with Mombasa people and ensure all the aspects of development have been fully utilised.

The former Nairobi Governor is expected to be cleared by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) in June, 7.

Sonko who is competing with other eight candidates among them his close opponent and Mvita Member of Parliament Abdulswamad Sharif Nassir has exuded hopes that he will sail through and battle it out with his opponents to clinch the top county seat.

Sonko is vying for the governor’s seat on a Wiper party ticket and he is deputised by Kisauni Legislature Ali Mbogo while Nassir, an ODM candidate picked former Mombasa County Secretary Francis Thoya as his running mate.

Meanwhile Mombasa residents and mainly Sonko’s supporters are anxiously waiting for the IEBC nod on Sonko’s Mombasa governor’s candidature.