Sonko moves to EAC court after Supreme Court locked him out of any political contest

Sonko moves to EAC court after Supreme Court locked him out of any political contest

Former Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko has petitioned the Supreme Court for a review of the decision that barred him from running for governor of Mombasa.

In the filing, Sonko also wants the Chief Justice Martha Koome to recuse herself claiming the CJ had already made her stand on the case during an interview in May. 

Sonko made an oral submission last Thursday, asking the CJ to recuse herself from hearing his appeal.

Through his lawyers Sonko claims that the Cj made remarks sometime in May this year during an interview. 

Sonko contended that if the requested orders are not granted, he will suffer significant injustice.

Sonko has also petitioned the East African Court of Justice, claiming that the ruling by Kenya's Supreme Court was unjust and violated his and his supporters' political rights.

According to Sonko, the Supreme Court's decision violated the Bangalore principle of impartiality.

He claimed that the court made a predetermined decision, denying him the right to a fair trial.

On Saturday, Sonko slammed the Friday Supreme Court decision that dismissed and upheld his impeachment appeal.

He argued that the CJ had previously expressed her stand about his case in the media, an action he says showed her impartiality thus arguing that she was not supposed to be among the judges administering the ruling.

“Heri nishindwe kwa haki lakini si dhulma. Martha Koome was heard on media saying that an impeached governor remains impeached until the case is overturned, a prisoner remains a prisoner until his appeal is upheld and the case is overturned,” Sonko stated.

“She was at fault because contrary to the law, the fact that she is a Supreme Court judge, she was not supposed to be in my case ruling because she already had an opinion that I am not supposed to be a governor and in the IEBC list.”


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