Mike Mbuvi Sonko, also known as Mbuvi Gidion Kioko among other aliases, is a Kenyan politician who served as the second Governor of Nairobi between August 2017 and December 2020. Before that, Sonko served as the first Senator of Nairobi between 2013 and 2017. He served as the second Governor of Nairobi. He was removed from the office of the governor by a form of impeachement by the Senate of the Republic of Kenya on Abuse of Office, Gross Misconduct and Crimes under National Law on 17 December 2020. He becomes the second governor in Kenya to be impeached after Kiambu’s Ferdinand Waititu.
Sonko was born on February 22, 1975, in Kwale County. He attended local schools before venturing into the land brokerage business while in high school. Mike Mbuvi Sonko
He had considerable success as a businessman and opened a number of businesses in Nairobi and in various parts of the coastal region.
However, he would later fall into trouble with the law after he was convicted and sentenced to prison. He was incarcerated at the Shimo La Tewa Prison in Mombasa and admitted that he escaped prison to bury his mother.
The prison escape haunts him to date with allegations that he later forged a medical report indicating he was sick and later a death certificate which is subject of an active court case.
In 2010, Sonko ventured into active politics as a supporter of the Yes Campaign (Referendum that passed the current constitution) in Makadara. He later unsuccessfully sought the ODM ticket in the Makadara by-elections of 2010 – opting to run on a Narc Kenya ticket.
He later decamped to TNA which he used to contest the Nairobi senatorial seat in 2013. In 2017, he was nominated by the Jubilee Party as its gubernatorial candidate in Nairobi. Mike Mbuvi Sonko
He successfully ran against the incumbent, Evans Kidero of ODM and won with a comfortable margin. With 869,050 votes, Sonko had the third-highest tally of overall votes after Uhuru and Raila who vied for the presidency.
The flamboyant politician’s term as Nairobi Governor came to an end on December 7 when the Senate voted to uphold impeachment charges laid against Sonko by the Nairobi County Assembly.
Early life and education
Mike Mbuvi Sonko was born in Mombasa in 1975. His father, Mzee Kivanguli was Kamba from Mua Hills Machakos County. He attended Kikowani Primary School before proceeding to Kwale High School.
Makadara Member of Parliament and Nairobi Senator
Mike Sonko rose to national political prominence when he was elected as a Member of Parliament for Makadara Constituency, Kenya at the age of 35. The September 20, 2010 by-election was occasioned by a successful petition by Reuben Ndolo.
After the inauguration of the new constitution of Kenya in 2010 and the creation of the county governments, Sonko announced his intention to run for Senator in Nairobi County. He became the First Senator of Nairobi after garnering 808,705 votes, beating his closest competitor, Margaret Wanjiru of the Orange Democratic Movement, who had garnered 525,822 votes, in the Nairobi senatorial election of 2013. Unlike his time in parliament, where he gained notoriety for flaunting House Rules, including incidences of inappropriate dressing, the Senator mostly dressed in official attire.
During his time in the Senate, he formed the Sonko Rescue Team, an officially registered Non-Governmental Organization that provided government-like services to residents of Nairobi slums. The then governor of Nairobi County, Dr. Evans Kidero opposed the activities of the group, citing conflict of interests with the county government’s operations. The Senator acquiesced and donated the vehicles to the county government after several weeks of tense public exchanges.
As early as January 2016, Mike Sonko had announced his intentions to run for Governor of Nairobi County in the 2017 Kenyan general election. After a grueling primary campaign against Peter Kenneth, Sonko ran for the Gubernatorial seat for Nairobi County with the Jubilee Party of Kenya and defeated the incumbent Evans Kidero to become the second Governor of Nairobi. On December 17, 2020, after undergoing impeachment procedure by the Nairobi County Assembly, Sonko was impeached by the Nairobi Senate and removed from office. Four days after Sonko’s removal, Nairobi County Assembly Speaker Benson Mutura was sworn in as acting Nairobi Governor for at least 60 days due to the lack of a deputy governor.
After the Westgate shopping mall attack in September 2013, Sonko claimed that he had warned the security services of a possible attack three months prior to the incident .
Sonko is rumoured to have broken out of prison in 1998 and recently, officials have called for him to complete his jail term.
Awarded Honorary Doctorate Nairobi governor Mike Sonko received an honorary degree of excellence from European Digital University (EDU) on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 in recognition for his good will and contribution to the community.
On the 6th of December 2019, the Director of Public Prosecutions in Kenya issued an arrest warrant against Mike Sonko for various corruption charges during his tenure as a Governor of Nairobi County. He was arrested in Voi. After the arrest, he was detained at Kamiti Maximum Security Prison for a few days and released on December 11, 2019 by anti-corruption court for a bond of sh30 million or a surety of the same amount or a cash bail of Sh15 million . As a condition for the release, he was barred from accessing office of Nairobi County governor until the case is determined. He was impeached by the senate on 17th December 2020.