Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko declares himself acting president of Kenya during a burial ceremony at Machakos County.
The flamboyant Senator made the declaration during a speech at the funeral service of Wavinya Ndeti’s husband last Friday. He first demanded to address mourners with what he claimed to be the President’s speech.
And then he went ahead to claim he was the acting president since President Kenyatta was out of the country along with his deputy. At the time of the incident, President Uhuru Kenyatta was in Togo but Deputy President William Ruto was in the country.
”As we speak you (Kamba people) have the position of the acting president of Kenya. President Uhuru is in Togo, DP Ruto is in France, I am the third in command; I am now the acting president of the republic of Kenya.”
He demanded to be accorded the same respect President Kenyatta would be accorded because he was representing the leader.
”All these police officers that you see around are here because of me. I am the acting President of the Republic of Kenya.”
Chaos erupted after Sonko made the declaration while he got into a shouting match with the master of ceremony who demanded he cut his speech short.
The melee prompted CORD leaders Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetangula to prematurely leave the service.
Several high profile leaders across the country have blasted Mr. Sonko for his remarks, which has prompted the police to investigate the matter.
Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko ordered the police to immediately interrogate the Senator in respect to both his conduct and utterances. He presented himself before the DCI on Sunday, spending two hours.
He denied the claims and said he had witnesses to back what he meant.
National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale has also condemned the Nairobi Senator’s remarks. Duale said Sonko’s remarks were unconstitutional and that there was no way he would hold the position even in the absence of the President and his Deputy.