Former Nairobi county governor Mike Sonko has disclosed that his intention to vie for Mombasa governorship is to save lives of people who have been oppressed for a long time since Kenya gained Independence.
Sonko who who speaking at Barani, Mjambere Ward in Kisauni constituency on Sunday reiterated his commitment towards strengthening devolution which will in turn help in adressing needs of the locals in the coastal city.
“People in Mombasa have been exploited for long and when we took over the reigns we will make sure this is something of the past.I will also unshackle Mombasa people from the chains of poverty that have pushed thousands of youths to join criminal gangs.Soon, we are launching our Mashinani Tour to seek your votes. We are for people and people are for us. This is a united force. We shall knock doors for your votes. Let’s vote for change” he said.
Accompanied by his running mate and Kisauni Member of Parliament Ali Mbogo,Sonko said he had shifted his political base to Mombasa to ‘liberate’ residents from the control of ‘one family,’ he claimed had ruled them with an iron fist for the past 10 years.
Our intention to save lives of people who have been oppressed for a long time is unstoppable. We are for people and people are for us. This is a united force. We shall knock doors for your votes. Let’s vote for change. pic.twitter.com/2eOSPjslze
— Mike Sonko (@MikeSonko) May 22, 2022
He further expressed optimism that Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) will clear his candidature and subsequently process his nomination papers basing their decision on the court’s interpretation of Article 75 (3) and Article 193 of the Constitution.
He further claimed that he consulted with the Azimio coalition principals President Uhuru Kenyatta and former prime minister Raila Odinga before he chose to vie for the seat.
“There are no permanent enemies in politics. Yes, I had wronged the president at one point but we are no longer enemies hence my decision to contest has got the blessings of top authority in this country. I’m hopeful I will finally get the clearance to be eligible to stand so that I can continue with my servant-oriented leadership.People of Mombasa have embraced my candidature and I’ll reciprocate their good will by delivering in my mandate after August polls” added the flamboyant politician.
Political analyst and lawyer Abubakar Yusuf said whichever way the decision on Sonko’s suitability goes, the ex-Nairobi’s governor’s entry into Coast politics will have an impact in the August polls.
“Sonko will still pose a threat to the ODM dominance in Mombasa. If he’s not barred which is most likely then he will obviously be the favourite for the seat” said Mr Yusuf.
On Saturday,Sonko maintained that he meets all the requirements needed for him to contest for Mombasa gubernatorial position in the next General Elections.
He accused the two offices of Director of Public Prosecutions and Chief Justice for fuelling an agenda aimed at disqualifying him from the race which he has expressed optimism of winning should he be cleared.
According to the general election regulations gazetted by IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati on January 20, the clearance of aspirants will run from May 29 to June 7.
Despite Sonko having limited time to ensure he is allowed to contest for the seat,he has put on a brave face saying only God can stop him from vying for the seat.
In the duel for Mombasa’s top job, he will face off against former Mombasa Senator Hassan Omar, who will run on a UDA ticket as well as Mvita MP Abdulswamad Sharif Nassir who is the ODM candidate.