Former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has filed an application before the East African Court of Justice seeking to suspend implementation of the Supreme Court decision that upheld his impeachment.
Sonko claims that it has the effect of limiting his political rights and those of the people he stands for.
Sonko claims that the High Court’s Presiding Judge, who made the ruling, is currently being investigated by a disciplinary panel for accepting payments to influence the court’s decision, which led to his dismissal from office.
Prior to a hearing and decision on the appeal, he requests that the EAC court suspend the Apex court’s ruling from going into effect.
“The decision of the Kenyan judicial arm is tainted with illegality as the decision of the high court as upheld by the Supreme Court was influenced through corrupt means,” he says
Sonko has also petitioned the Supreme Court to reconsider its ruling upholding his impeachment.
He requests that the Supreme Court overturn its ruling on the basis that Justice Chitembwe, a member of the bench that upheld his impeachment, is likely to face investigation for possible misconduct.
He claims that one of the complaints made to the panel is that Chitembwe handled his impeachment case in a prejudiced and deceitful way.
The outcome of the tribunal’s proceedings will affect the high court decision that is being challenged and the appeal that follows, according to Sonko.
Sonko says it’s only fair if the Supreme court judgement is reviewed or set aside and heard under the circumstance that the conduct of Chitembwe would be considered.