Kenyan senator in trouble after declaring himself temporary president

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Police in Kenya have been instructed by the country’s Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to probe Nairobi Senator Mike Mbuvi aka Sonko for declaring himself the acting president.

The country’s capital senator made the proclamation at a burial on Friday saying since President Uhuru Kenyatta was away on official trip in Togo and his deputy was also away, he (Mbuvi) had assumed the acting position, Africa Review reports.

He said: “As the acting president, let me read the president’s speech.”

Mr Mbuvi had attended the burial of a former MP’s husband in Athi River, east of Nairobi.

The DPP wants Mr Mbuvi interrogated on his disruptive conduct at the burial of Mr Dolamu Henry Oduwole.

“My attention has been drawn to a video clip aired by various TV stations and widely shared on social media platforms in which Senator Sonko is captured engaging in disruptive conduct,” read DPP’s letter emailed to the police on Friday.

Videos of the event captured by various media houses in the country show Mr Mbuvi drawing cheers from the crowd when he says he is the temporary president.

“As we speak, you the Kamba, now you have the position of the acting president in Kenya. President Uhuru is in Togo, Deputy President William Ruto is in France. I am number three in command: politically, influence-wise and socially. I am now the acting president of the republic of Kenya,” the Senator said.

But his speech was interrupted by the mourners, forcing the politician to throw insults at them: “Kwendeni kabisa huko (Away with you).”

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