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Former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko Joins Kalonzo’s Wiper

A week after resigning from the ruling Jubilee Party, former Nairobi governor Mike Sonko has officially joined the Wiper Democratic Movement party as a life member.

The flamboyant politician was received at the party headquarters by the outfit’s leader and former vice president Kalonzo Musyoka on Friday, March 25.

In attendance was Wiper’s chairman Ali Makwere, secretary-general Shakila Mohammed, Senator Enock Wambua and Embakasi South MP Julius Mawathe.

Wiper is currently under the Azimio La Umoja coalition which is backing ODM leader Raila Odinga’s presidential bid.

The one-time city boss is seemingly staging a comeback into the active political scene after a lengthy break occasioned by his unceremonial ouster from Nairobi’s top seat.

After his impeachment in December 2020, which was anchored on violation of the Constitution, abuse of office and gross misconduct, he resorted to a low-key profile often spending time in his personal businesses.

Sonko might however face hurdles in his quest to revive his political career by vying for an elective political seat.

Ex-governor Mike Sonko and Wiper secretary General Shakila Mohamed at Wiper headquarters. PHOTO | COURTESY

The biggest headache for him is whether the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) will clear him to vie in the forthcoming August 9 General Election.

The electoral agency’s chief executive Marjan Hussein Marjan said the law is clear that one must be found guilty and convicted in order to be barred from running for office.

Sonko’s impeachment case is currently at the Supreme Court after the Court of Appeal upheld his removal from office.

READ ALSO: Sonko, Family Banned From Travelling to the US

The politician maintains that his impeachment was illegal and hopes that he will be vindicated by Chief Justice Martha Koome led to court. 

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