Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero and Senator Mike Mbuvi popularly known as Sonko.
By JAMES NJUGUNA
Differences between Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero and his senate counterpart Mike Mbuvi Sonko is set to go a notch higher.
Mr Mbuvi popularly known as Sonko has threatened to file an affidavit in court over allegations of land-grabbing in the city.
The latest developments come just a few days after Dr Kidero survived another explosive affidavit by journalist Geoffrey Kiplagat who claimed that the governor bribed retired Justice Philip Tunoi with Sh 200 million.
Justice Tunoi was under investigation for allegedly receiving Sh200 million from Dr Kidero to issue a favourable ruling in an election petition by filed by Kabete MP Ferdinand Waititu in 2013.
Speaking while appearing on the KTN Person of Interest breakfast show, Sonko insisted he won’t retract his remarks over land-grabbing in Nairobi.
“I have assembled a team of lawyers to draft an affidavit as I prepare for a “battle royale” with Kidero in court,” he said.
Sonko has dismissed Dr Kidero’s threats of a law suit against him saying he has enough evidence to show that the County Government has been confiscating property of Nairobians without following due process.
Senate committee meeting disrupted
A Senate committee sitting was violently disrupted on June 15 as Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero and Senator Mike Sonko engaged in a physical fight.
The Committee on County Public Accounts and Investments abruptly adjourned the morning session after the two were separated, following a verbal exchange that quickly turned physical.
Senators and Parliament employees restrain Governor Evans Kidero and Senator Mike Mbuvi Sonko when they were involved in a fight inside the Senate.
The two had to be separated as some county officers joined in the fight as the situation deteriorated.
It all began when Mr Sonko sought to present documents he claimed showed that the governor had grabbed private properties in the city and transferred them to himself and his wife.
Although committee chairman Anyang’ Nyong’o allowed him to present the documents, Mr Sonko continued verbally attacking the governor, who had remained controlled and unmoved as the tirade continued.
However, things became uglier when Prof Nyong’o called for a break and the two moved towards each other. At first, the senator only shouted at Dr Kidero, but when the governor began responding, they got physical.
“This county government has been taking away properties belonging to the people of Nairobi. They give fake demands of rates and then grab the property. They then kill the people. I have evidence to prove all these. I am ready to file an affidavit,” said Mr Sonko.
Journalists were thrown out as the drama intensified and the lawmakers tried to separate the two.
Before the brawl, Dr Kidero had asked for an adjournment, saying the sitting was disorderly and unable to fairly adjudicate on the audit report.
“I have been called a murderer and this is on record. I would like to respond. I would like to ask for an adjournment so that we come back when things are in order,” said Dr Kidero.
Before the fight, Mr Sonko had already engaged Nyamira Senator Kennedy Mong’are in another verbal exchange, which ended when other senators intervened.
Mr Sonko accused his colleague of taking a bribe in order to defend the governor when he appeared for questioning by the committee.
After Mr Sonko and Dr Kidero were separated, the governor rushed out of the building without addressing the media.
Mr Sonko, who remained agitated even after Dr Kidero had left, was led out of Parliament by orderlies.
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