Mike Sonko

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Mike Sonko
Member of the Kenyan Senate
Assumed office
28 March 2013
Preceded by Inaugural holder
Constituency Nairobi County
Member of the Kenyan Parliament
In office
Preceded by Dick Wathika
Constituency Makadara
Personal details
Born Mbuvi Gideon Kioko [1]
(1975-03-03) March 3, 1975 (age 41)
Political party TNA
Website www.sonko.co.ke

Mbuvi Gidion Kioko Mike Sonko [1] commonly known as Mike Sonko or simply Sonko (Sheng for "rich person" or "boss"),[2] is the immediate former Member of Parliament for Makadara Constituency, Kenya. He was elected on September 20, 2010 in a by-election.[3] He was recently kicked out of parliament for wearing earrings and sun glasses.[2]

Mbuvi became the First Senator of Nairobi after it was announced that, with 808,705 votes, beat his closest competitor, Margaret Wanjiru of the Orange Democratic Movement, who had garnered 525,822 votes, in the Nairobi senatorial election of 2013.[citation needed]

After the Westgate shopping mall attack in September 2013, Sonko claimed that he had warned the security services of a possible attack three months previously.[4][5]

Personal life[edit]

Sonko is known to be generous to the Kenya's majority poor sponsoring underprivileged children. This has made him popular among Kenya's electorate. However, many questions have risen concerning his lavish spending and where his money comes from. He is also known for his unorthodox mode of dressing affiliated with the hip hop community.


  1. ^ a b "Mike Sonko name now formal". the-star.co.ke. Retrieved 28 March 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Kenyan politician thrown out of parliament for earrings CNN, March 3, 2011
  3. ^ Makadara results IIECK September 2010
  4. ^ Bariyo, Nicholas; Vogt, Heidi; Bryan-Low, Cassell (25 September 2013). "Kenya Starts Probe in Wake of Mall Siege". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 26 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "Mike Sonko claims he alerted NSIS...". The Kenyan Daily Post. 25 September 2013. Retrieved 26 September 2013. 

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