Mike Sonko

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Mike Sonko
Assumed office
21 August 2017
Preceded byEvans Kidero
Senator of Nairobi
In office
PresidentUhuru Kenyatta
Preceded byInaugural officeholder
Succeeded bySakaja Johnson
Member of the Kenyan Parliament
In office
PresidentMwai Kibaki
Preceded byDick Wathika
Succeeded byBenson Kangara
Personal details
Mbuvi Gideon Kioko [1]

(1975-02-27) February 27, 1975 (age 45)
Political partyJubilee Party of Kenya
Alma materKenya Methodist University[2]
OccupationBusinessman, Politician

Mbuvi Gideon Kioko Wam Mike Sonko [1] commonly known as Mike Sonko or simply Sonko (Sheng for "rich person" or "boss"),[3] is a Kenyan politician who served as the second Governor of Nairobi since devolution.

Early life and education[edit]

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[edit]

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.[4][5]

After the inauguration of the new constitution of Kenya in 2010 and the creation of the county governments,[6] 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.[7] 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.[8]

During his time in the Senate, he formed the Sonko Rescue Team,[9] an officially registered Non-Governmental Organization[10] 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.[11]

Nairobi Governor[edit]

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.

Remarkable event(s)[edit]

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 .[12][13]

Sonko is rumoured to have broken out of prison in 1998 and recently, officials have called for him to complete his term.[14]

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.[15]

Corruption Charges[edit]

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.[16] He was arrested in Voi.[17][18] 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 .[19] As a condition for the release, he was barred from accessing office of Nairobi County governor until the case is determined.[20]


  1. ^ a b "Mike Sonko name now formal". the-star.co.ke. Retrieved 28 March 2013.
  2. ^ http://nairobinews.nation.co.ke/news/sonko-spends-millions-daughters-exclusive-graduation-bash/
  3. ^ Kenyan politician thrown out of parliament for earrings CNN, March 3, 2011
  4. ^ "THE SONKONIZATION OF NAIROBI: How Mike Sonko Is Reshaping City Politics | The Elephant". The Elephant. 2017-08-07. Retrieved 2017-09-14.
  5. ^ Makadara results[permanent dead link] IIECK September 2010
  6. ^ "Constitution of Kenya - Kenya Law Reform Commission (KLRC)". www.klrc.go.ke. Retrieved 2019-05-18.
  7. ^ "The rise and rise of Servant Sonko in politics of the city". Daily Nation. Retrieved 2017-11-29.
  8. ^ McKenzie, David. "Kenyan politician thrown out of parliament for earrings". CNN. Retrieved 2017-09-14.
  9. ^ "SONKO RESCUE TEAM". sonkorescue.blogspot.co.ke. Retrieved 2017-09-14.
  10. ^ "Sonko registers rescue team as N.G.O". The Star, Kenya. Retrieved 2017-09-14.
  11. ^ "Sonko disbands rescue team in Kidero's support at father's funeral". The Star, Kenya. Retrieved 2017-09-14.
  12. ^ 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.
  13. ^ "Mike Sonko claims he alerted NSIS..." The Kenyan Daily Post. 25 September 2013. Retrieved 26 September 2013.
  14. ^ App, Daily Nation. "Officials say Sonko should complete his prison term". mobile.nation.co.ke. Retrieved 2019-12-03.
  15. ^ Asher Omondi. https://www.tuko.co.ke/312361-mike-sonko-awarded-honorary-doctorate-excellence-university-dubai.html#312361. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  16. ^ "DPP Haji orders Sonko's immediate arrest and prosecution – VIDEO". Nairobi News. Retrieved 2019-12-06.
  17. ^ Mboga, Jael. "Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko arrested". The Standard. Retrieved 2019-12-06.
  18. ^ https://www.the-star.co.ke/authors/scooper. "Sonko was escaping before arrest in Voi - EACC". The Star. Retrieved 2019-12-06.
  19. ^ https://www.nation.co.ke/news/Mike-Sonko-posts-Sh15m-bail/1056-5382344-13vx7b3z/index.html
  20. ^ https://hivisasa.com/posts/51759859-governor-sonko-released-on-a-cash-bail-of-ksh-30-million

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