BY SAM ALFAN.
A voter who sought to block Mike Sonko from vying for the Mombasa gubernatorial post has chosen to opt out of the case.
Ndoro Kayuga said he withdrew from the petition after listening to Sonko’s plan for the residents of Mombasa and which changed his position.
Through his lawyer Titus Kirui, Kayuga informed Mombasa judge John Mativo that he was no longer interested in pursuing the petition, after coming to the realisation that Sonko’s persecution was more political than legal.
The judge adjourned the matter to May 10.
Sonko was nominated by Wiper Democratic Party to vie for Mombasa Governor in the forthcoming general elections.
The petitioner said he learned during an interview on KTN, which hosted Sonko, that his impeachment was political and not legal.
“On the same day in the evening of 25th April 2022, the 1st respondent appeared on Kenya Television Network (KTN), a national television, as a guest in a segment called “Checkpoint” where he articulated in detail his tribulations as the governor of Nairobi County,” he said.
He adds that through the said interview, he came to learn that Sonko’s tribulations and finally impeachment was political.
Kayugo further said Sonko equally articulated his agenda for Mombasa County if elected as its second governor.
“I was touched by the fact that his agenda resonated very well with my desire as well as my community’s as there has been a feeling that our Mijikenda community has been all along sidelined by the current county government,” Kayugo claims.
In addition, the petitioner claims that he came to learn that though his impeachment was upheld by both the High Court and Court of Appeal, there is a pending appeal at the Supreme Court.
He added, “based on the pending appeal at the Supreme Court, the current position is therefore premature and may suffer from the doctrine of ripeness if the same proceeds.”