|Assumed office |
21 August 2017
|Preceded by||Evans Kidero|
|Senator of Nairobi|
|Preceded by||Inaugural officeholder|
|Succeeded by||Sakaja Johnson|
|Member of the Kenyan Parliament|
|Preceded by||Dick Wathika|
|Succeeded by||Benson Kangara|
Mbuvi Gideon Kioko 
February 27, 1975
|Political party||Jubilee Party of Kenya|
|Alma mater||Kenya Methodist University|
Mbuvi Gideon Kioko Wam Mike Sonko  commonly known as Mike Sonko or simply Sonko (Sheng for "rich person" or "boss"), is a Kenyan politician who served as the second Governor of Nairobi since devolution.
Early life and education
Mike Sonko rose to national political prominence when he was elected as the 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 it was announced that, with 808,705 votes, he beat 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.
Sonko is rumoured to have broken out of prison in 1998 and recently, officials have called for him to complete his 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 Governor. 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.
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