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Blow to Sonko as Court quashes his appeal application

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Blow to Sonko as Court quashes his appeal application

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The Supreme Court has cleared the way for the swearing-in of Anne Kananu as Governor of Nairobi after striking out Mike Sonko’s appeal application.

The embattled governor had filed the appeal at the apex court, prompting it to temporarily stop the swearing-in which was scheduled for October 26, 2021.

In its ruling, the Supreme Court quashed the injunction application citing its lack of jurisdiction, as the substantive appeal has not been heard and determined by the Court of Appeal.

The Court of Appeal had rejected Sonko’s appeal of a decision by the High Court allowing his removal from office in December 2020.

Appellate judges dismissed his application on grounds that the issue of swearing-in Kananu was not raised in the High Court and the judgement delivered by that same court did determine it.

“The issue of swearing in Kananu was not a ground of appeal in Sonko’s draft. In that draft appeal, Sonko challenges the decision of the High Court which refused to overturn the impeachment process,” they said.

The decision by the Supreme Court means that Ann Kananu can now be sworn in as Nairobi City Governor.

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