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Kenyans want Senator Sonko to face treason charges for 'acting president' remark

President Uhuru Kenyatta is in Togo to attend African Union Extra-ordinary Summit on Maritime Security and Safety and Development in Africa.

By Phillip MuleeSaturday, 15 Oct 2016 16:31 EAT

Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko addressing the mourners yesterday. (Photo: Oscar Ndunda/Kenya Free Press).

Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko has received the harshest criticism from Kenyans for alleging he was “acting President” with some saying he should face treason charges. A cross-section of Kenyans spoke as Director of Public Prosecution Keriako Tobiko directed the Inspector General of Police to launch a probe on Sonko, after he made remarks alluding that he was the acting President of the Republic of Kenya.

Tobiko in a letter to the IG Joseph Boinnet said Sonko should be investigated immediately and the file forwarded to his office for an immediate action. Sonko’s utterances during the funeral of the late Dolamu Oduwole, husband to Machakos governor hopeful Wavinya Ndeti, also appeared to be a blow to his candidature for Nairobi gubernatorial seat.

He was sharply criticised with many terming his remarks as a breach of the President's office, some called for his arrest stating that he ought to be charged with treason. Though he did not indicate he wanted to overthrow the Government, the law indicates that 'a variety of acts, including sedition, intended to undermine or overthrow the Government, harm or kill the President or instigate or engage in war against the Republic, are deemed acts of treason'

He made the remarks despite the Deputy President being in the country and who automatically assumes the position, once the President is out of the country. President Uhuru Kenyatta is in Togo to attend African Union Extra-ordinary Summit on Maritime Security and Safety and Development in Africa.

Kenyans were abash in social media condemning the utterance and accused the Senator of allegedly committing treason and want the government to take action. “The President is in Togo and his Deputy is in France. I am now the third in command and the acting President of the Republic of Kenya. All these police officers and vehicles you see are here because am now the acting President,” Sonko stated.

The flamboyant Senator caused disruption at the Mavoko burial, which was also attended by CORD-Co Principals Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka, Moses Wetangula, and former CS Charity Kaluki Ngilu among other leaders.

The whole scene which was captured in a video caught Sonko hurling unprintable insults at those who tried to cut short his speech and even tried to attack one of the mourners.

"When Sonko says he is acting president of the Republic of Kenya and that is legally false...he commits treason..," lawyer Ahmednasir Abdullahi said in his tweeter post. "Wapi Inspector General na Director of Public Prosecution?". Loosely translates to (where is the IG and the DPP?).

Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale also asked that the Nairobi governor aspirant is taken to the hospital for mental check ups. "Sonko thinks he is the President of Kenya, a symptom of mental illness. Should he next add that he is God, he must be urgently hospitalized," he said.

Through hashtag #GrowUpSonko User Lilian Nyabuto echoed Khalwale sentiments and agreed that he should be admitted to hospital. "So now if he becomes the Nairobi governor (God forbid) won't he say he is above the president..he is a mental case," she said.

Michael Kunani posted and said "he's suffering from a rare case of delusions of grandeur!.. When muscular hubris extends teenage mentality."

Journalist Andrew Teyie on a post also echoed similar sentments. "America has nurtured a scumbag out of Trump, Nairobi molding one in name of Sonko. Stop making stupid people famous," Gibons Miller said.

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