Atleast 82 MCAs in Nairobi now claim that they did not append their signature on the Sonko impeachment motion.
They MCAs who addressed the media amidst disruption from police officers claim that the purported 86 signatures were obtained from an attendance list for Kamkunji meeting held two weeks ago.
They have now vowed to shoot down the motion tabled by Emkakasi MCA Michael Ogada.
Nominated MCA Silvia Museiya said that only few signatures were collected through coercion and intimidation
” We are hear to make it clear that the signatures that they purported to have collected were not true because they were collected from a Kamkunji meeting held two weeks ago,”
The 82 have signed affidavits against the purported signatures and have warned against being forced to impeach the governor.
They now want President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga to dialogue with Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko over the budget stalemate in the county.
According to the MCAs,the budget wrangles that have delayed funding of the NMS should not form basis for impeaching the governor.
Waithaka MCA Karanja said it is important for the two leaders to intervene on the issue so that service delivery in the city can resume
‘Let the Preseident and the former Prime Minister lead talks that will help bring this issue to an end,” Karanja said.
He said that the group allied to the governor has resolved to shoot down the impeachment.
” We are here to say that we fully behind Governor Sonko and the NMS.We do not oppose NMS but all we want respect to the rule of law,”
The impeachment motion prompted by the governor’s refusal to sign the 2020/2021 appropriation bill was tabled by Embakasi ward MCA Michael Ogada.
He has also been accused of gross violation of the constitution, abuse of office, gross misconduct and crimes under national law.
However, the Sonko allied MCAs insist everything revolves around the budget making process which they claim was illegal.
“ The biggest contention is the budget that was passed recently and it is a budget which did not have our input and that of the governor,” Karanja said
The new move could serve as a sigh of relief to the governor who was also present at the private residence where the press conference was held.
To impeach him,82 out of the 122 MCAs must vote in favor of the motion and this means that if the close to 40 MCAs rally behind him he will escape the onlaught.