High Court Judge Nzioki Wa Makau has recused himself from a case filed against the impeachment of Governor Mike Sonko barely a week after another judge ditched the case.
While delivering his recusal ruling on Wednesday, the judge noted that he decided to ditch the case following an application by Nairobi County Assembly lawyer, Ndegwa Njiru, who sought to have him dismissed from the case over allegations of bribery and bias.
Addressing claims that he has a personal relationship with Sonko, and that he had received a Sh7 million bribe to stop the impeachment of the governor, the judge termed the remarks as laughable.
“Without any written motion before me, the counsel for the third respondent, one Mr Njiru, sought my recusal. In his submissions, he made some laughable allegations that I have been given some Sh7 million by Mike Sonko Mbuvi the petitioner herein.
“For the record, I do not know him (Sonko) and neither have I met him in person as at no time have our public lives converged nor have our private lives. Like many citizens of this nation, I have only seen him on television,” the judge divulged.
In the case, Sonko wants his impeachment by the Nairobi County Assembly reversed on grounds that it did not meet the threshold set by the Constitution.