Former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko, who is running for governor of Mombasa, has slammed the Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Hajji and Chief Justice Martha Koome for their stance on ousted governors' eligibility to run for elected positions in the upcoming elections.
During a press conference from his Kilifi County home, the outspoken politician accused CJ Martha Koome and DPP Hajji of commenting on ongoing cases. Sonko alleged that the court officers had stated their position on his case, despite the fact that he has ongoing appeals pending judgments.
"Hajji has no authority to convict me before the court has issued its verdict. I have kept silent for a long time, but the DPP has repeatedly threatened me through the media ,"he stated.
CJ Koome was also accused of doublespeak by the former county head when she claimed on the radio that impeached governors cannot run for public office.
He said that it was imprudent for the Chief Justice to offer her view on the topic, despite the fact that in her Supreme Court verdict on BBI, the Chief Justice took issue with some lawyers for using social media to comment on the case while it was still pending.
Sonko's concern comes only days after Eldoret High Court Judge Reuben Nyakundi referred to CJ Koome a matter concerning whether impeached governors can compete for public office.
The Chief Justice remarked in the radio interview referred to by Sonko that leaders who have been convicted or impeached from elective positions are ineligible to run in August.
Individuals convicted of criminal offenses, according to Koome, cannot hold or run for public office until the hearing and conclusion of any appeal filed to dispute their charges.
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