RESIGNATION

Mike Sonko resigns from Jubilee party

Sonko thanked the ruling party for standing with him during his era as governor.

In Summary

• In a statement on Friday, Sonko thanked the party for standing with him during his time as the governor of Nairobi.

• However, the governor still reiterated that he was removed from the office illegally, and unconstitutionally.

Former Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko
Former Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko
Image: EZEKIEL AMING'A

Former Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko has tendered his resignation from the ruling Jubilee Party.

In a statement on Friday, Sonko thanked the party for standing with him during his time as the governor of Nairobi.

“Please accept this letter as my formal notice of resignation as a member of Jubilee Party effective March 10, 2022. This is in the exercise of my rights to belong to a political party of my choice as enshrined under the Constitution of Kenya,” his letter to the party reads.

However, the governor still reiterated that he was removed from the office illegally, and unconstitutionally.

He added that:

"I wish the Party and the esteemed members all the best in the future."

Sonko was impeached on December 4 2020 in a dramatic fall from grace.

The colourful former governor of Kenya's capital, Nairobi, is now facing numerous criminal charges including several corruption cases, assault, and terrorist-linked offences. He denies them all.

He is alleged to have embezzled more than 300 million shillings partly through the irregular awarding of contracts to friends' companies that are said to have wired money to his personal accounts after receiving their payments from Nairobi county.

He was also recently accused of recruiting and arming a militia, procuring military clothing associated with terrorist groups, and financing terrorist activities.

On February 24, Sonko lost his bid to suspend his prosecution in the Sh357 million graft case that is ongoing at the Anti-Corruption Court in Milimani.


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