Mombasa County gubernatorial aspirant Mike Mbuvi Sonko is partially breathing a sigh of relief after one of the two petitioners who moved to court to bar him from vying for the governor’s seat withdrew his petition.
Through his lawyer Titus Kirui the first petitioner Ndoro Kayuga withdrew the petition arguing that he had come to realise that Sonko’s impeachment case is more political than legal.
“That however, on the same day in the evening of 25th April 2022, the 1st respondent, (Mike Mbuvi Sonko) appeared on Kenya Television Network (KTN), as a guest on ‘Check point’ talk show where he detailed what’s transpired during his reign as Nairobi Governor.
Kayuga through his lawyer says his petition to bar Sonko would be thwarted on the basis that its premature.
The 1st petitioner informed Mombasa High Court judge John Mativo that he had not been coerced to withdraw his petition as he had now been convinced that the Mijikenda Community Welfare will be catered for when Sonko is elected as the second governor of Mombasa, the welfare of Mijikenda community will be catered for.
“That the 1st respondent articulated his agenda for the county of Mombasa if he is elected the second governor and I was touched by the fact his agenda resonated well with my desire as well as my Mijikenda community which have been sidelined by the current government,” Kayuga stated.
However, the 2nd petitioner, George Odhiambo, is yet to withdraw his petition barring Sonko to vie for Mombasa Gubernatorial seat under the Wiper Democratic Party.
Odhiambo argues that the former governor is disqualified from holding public office, following his impeachment.
“The 1st Respondent, having been impeached as Nairobi County Governor he does not qualify to be elected into office as Mombasa Governor by virtue of Article 75 (3) of the Constitution,” read the filed petition.
The two wanted the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) blocked from clearing Sonko to join the Mombasa gubernatorial race.
Wiper Party as the second Respondent in the petition has been faulted for clearing Sonko to vie for Mombasa Governor and issuing him direct nomination certificate.
Judge Mativo adjourned the hearing of the petition to May, 10, following the confusion experienced in court following the new unfolding of the petition.