Former Nairobi governor Mike Sonko has spoken publicly for the first time on his impeachment that was confirmed by Senators last week.
Sonko accused senators allied to President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga of voting to oust him and following “orders from above” in their decision.
The agitated former governor bashed the Senators present at the burial of late Machakos Senator Boniface Kabaka in Machakos and called them “cowards and rubberstamps for the deep state”.
“I am not bitter because you impeached me. I’ve gone to court to challenge your decision and I leave everything to God but I know the behind the scenes shenanigans that happened and the forces that controlled your voting,” he said to cheers from his supporters.
Sonko wildly claimed he had video clips of Odinga and Jubilee Vice-Chairman David Murathe reportedly plotting to undermine Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka in the Msambweni by-election.
“I want to tell Kalonzo that these people are only using you to marshal votes to pass their BBI. After that you’re nowhere near their 2022 political arithmetic. Let’s meet in the evening and I’ll share the video clips with you,” he said.
Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria also caused a stir when he dismissed Musyoka as a leader without a vision and that he was herding his Kamba community to the opposition benches.
However, Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo Junior and his Kitui counterpart Enoch Wambua, who were irked by his remarks threatened to thrown him out backed by other area leaders.
Kilonzo made Deputy President William Ruto fidgety when he told off his allies led by Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen who asked Musyoka to back the DP’s 2022 presidential bid.
Host Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua was forced to intervene to cool political temperatures and restore order criticising the leaders present for dominating the burial with their politicking.
“Honestly, this country has a bad culture that is very sickening. Do we pause as leaders to imagine the pain a grieving family endures when we spew all manner of hateful politics at funerals?” he posed.
When he stood to speak, Musyoka told Ruto to forget about forming a political pact with him as his allies were pushing for and instead prepare for a face-off in the 2022 presidential race.
“I’ll only respond to one thing, my friend Ruto, be ready to face me at the ballot and just forget about those suggestions of us teaming up,” he said.
Ruto steered off 2022 politics only mourning Kabaka as a man principled and dedicated to what he believed in and that he would be remembered for his independent voice and vigour to better the lives of the people of Machakos.
Senator Kabaka, who died aged 54, leaving behind two widows and five children, was buried at Kabaa village in Masinga Constituency after 6pm due to the endless shameless politicking.