Full names: Mbuvi Gideon Kioko Sonko.
Position: Current Governor of Nairobi, Kenya.
Born in Mombasa in 1975.
Primary school: Kikowani.
High school: Kwale.
He kick started his political career when he was elected as the member of Parliament for Makadara Constituency at only 35 after trouncing well established politicians like Dick Wathika and Reuben Ndolo.
Following the creation of counties by the 2010 constitution,he declared his intent to run for the senatorial seat in the 2013 general elections where he won with a landslide (808,705 votes) becoming the first senator of Nairobi County.
As a senator he formed the Sonko rescue team that is credited for providing government related services that helped many of the city residents. He also donated vehicles to the county government under the leadership of the Former first Governor Evans Kidero.
As a result of the services rendered under the Sonko rescue team,his prominence rose among Nairobians.As early as January 2016,a year before the 2017 general elections,he announced his candidacy for Nairobi gubernatorial seat. After a grueling campaign,he emerged the winner beating the incumbent Governor with a small margin.(54% of the Total votes cast)
Governor Sonko’s journey hasn’t been a walk in an aisle. As a member of Parliament, he was thrown out of Parliament building because of earrings. He had the habit of flaunting House rules, including incidences of inappropriate dressing. An image he later corrected as a senator and now a Governor.
Spending millions for daughter’s exclusive graduation bash is just a sign of what the Governor would do to make his family happy.
A year as a Governor, he’s made some remarkable achievements despite criticism from naysayers. The Governor celebrated 120 million revenue collection, delivering a clean city and also flourishing our city by planting Flowers.
Though his prominence isn’t high outside the city capital,sources has it that he’s the likeliest candidate to deputize deputy president in his 2022 presidential race.
This is the beginning of my faces of a Nation series that will cover all the 47 Governors and senators countrywide. Next week am taking you to Mombasa-Governor Joho Hassan and Senator Faki Mohammed.