Sonko Announces 10-Year Break From Politics

Former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has announced that he will be taking 10-year break from politics.

Speaking during the burial ceremony of Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo Jnr’s uncle on Saturday, January 9, the former governor stated that he was stepping aside and also announced that he will withdraw a case he filed stopping Nairobi’s next month gubernatorial by-election to allow those seeking the position to battle it out.

“I will stay away from politics for 10 years since people say God’s time is the best. Even when Uhuru failed in 2002 he waited until 2013. Nairobi is bigger than anyone,” Sonko said.

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko testifies before the Senate on Thursday, December 17, 2020. Photo/Courtesy

“Because Nairobi is big and it needs a leader, I’m ready to withdraw the case for people to elect their own chosen Governor.”

The former City Hall boss further warned against plans to stop the by-election and vet deputy governor nominee Anne Mwenda Kananu.

Sonko stated that Nairobians deserved the right to elect their own leader after reports that a section of leaders want Kananu installed in the position to avoid a by-election.

“It is a must for Nairobi residents to get the Governor they want. Not to bring in someone who was elected which is not lawful. They need to go for a by-election and elect the person whom they love through the ballot,” he said.

Anne Kananu and former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko. Photo/Courtesy

He maintained that he withdrew Kananu’s name for deputy governor nominee before he was impeached.

On January 9, 2020, Sonko nominated Kananu to deputize him in a letter addressed to former assembly Speaker Beatrice Elachi saying the decision was in line with article 180(5) of the Constitution and the Supreme Court Advisory of March 9, 2018.

The County Assembly has set next week Friday to have Kananu vetted by the Appointments Committee.

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