– Mike Sonko declared himself president of Kenya in a funeral in Machakos
– President Uhuru has now responded to the senator’s remarks
Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko courted controversy Friday, October 14, when he declared himself acting president of Kenya while attending a burial ceremony at Mavoko, Machakos county.
The senator also disrupted the funeral of husband to former Kathaini MP Wavinya Ndeti, forcing opposition leaders Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetangula to leave the event.
Sonko said that considering Uhuru and his deputy William Ruto ‘were out of the country’ he was the acting president of Kenya.
“Rais Uhuru is in Togo, DP William Ruto ako France I am number three in command politically and socially. I am now the acting president of the republic of Kenya,” Sonko shouted.
His actions prompted DPP Keriako Tobiko to order police boss Joseph Boinnet to arrest and interrogate the senator over what looked like acts of treason.
Sonko blasted Tobiko but went on to visit DCI offices where he recorded a statement on Sunday, October 16, regarding the claims.
Now President Uhuru has responded to the senator following his claims.
Speaking Tuesday, October 18, at State House Nairobi, Uhuru said that ever since becoming president he has only left his seat as president once.
This was when he was facing crimes against humanity charges at the ICC.
“I have only ever once left the seat of president. Whether I am in Togo, I am still president of the Republic of Kenya. Only once when they took me to some funny court,” Uhuru said in reference to the incident.
The president went to the Hague as an ordinary citizen, leaving his deputy, William Ruto, to act as president for two days.
Uhuru was later acquitted by the court for lack of evidence against him.
See how Uhuru handed power to Ruto and left for the Hague:
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