Police on Monday fired teargas to disrupt a meeting attended by Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko and a section of city MCAs for flouting Covid-19 protocols.
Governor Sonko was briefly arrested and detained but was released after demands by rowdy MCAs.
The leaders were meeting at the home of a city tycoon at Riverside estate in Lavington, Nairobi before law enforcement officers stormed in.
While the agenda of the meeting remains unknown, it is believed the group was strategizing on how to block Sonko’s impending impeachment.
Sonko is exploring all means to stop the planned removal after a notice of motion of impeachment was filed in the County Assembly last week by Kileleshwa MCA Michael Ogada.
Sonko has written to the Speaker of the Nairobi County Assembly notifying him of an existing court order barring his removal from office.
“By your purporting to process a fresh impeachment motion against Hon. Mike Sonko Mbuvi while these proceedings are pending, you have committed an act of intentional disrespect to these judicial proceedings…which constitutes contempt of court,” the letter from his lawyer Harrison Kinyajui reads in part.
But the speaker insisted that the said order does not apply to the current impeachment process, arguing that the mover of the motion and the grounds listed are different.
Sonko is expected to appear before the assembly next week to defend himself against the accusations leveled against him.
MCAs will then vote to approve or reject the motion pushing for his ouster.