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Citizen Weekly

Sunday, 14 September 2014


Nairobi Senator Mike Mbuvi Sonko is the most popular Senator across the country. This is according to the latest survey by the Ipsos Synovate.

According to the survey, Sonko remains the darling of the voters and analysts say his popularity is based on development activities he has always engaged in since his entry to elective politics.

Whereas many see him as a philanthropist, Nairobi residents say Sonko is one of the few leaders who have initiated several development projects for the youth and women in Nairobi County.

Apart from the youth and women, Sonko is known to offer humanitarian aid to victims of various circumstances like fire and terrorism. Churches across Nairobi county as well as schools have benefited from hefty harambee contributions including his donations of sanitary towels to the girl child in schools while students from poor families are beneficiaries of a private bursary scheme run by Sonko.

The survey therefore confirms his popularity as was witnessed during the last general elections; Sonko received over 800,000 votes much higher than even what other presidential candidates received nationally.
According to the opinion poll  released by Ipsos lead researcher Tom Wolf, where residents were interviewed in Nairobi and across the country Sonko is the most popular county leader outsmarting all his fellow Senators and Governors. Governors only enjoy a 33 percent approval rating across the country. Compared to them Sonko has an approval rating of 50percent.

Residents in 40 out of the 47 counties national wide would like the Nairobi Senator to be their leader in their respective counties so that they could benefit from his humanitarian aid and generosity.

In Nairobi Sonko is popular in all City constituencies even in CORD strongholds like Mathare,Kibera, Westlands, Embakasi East and Dagoreti North. The poll is an endorsement given to Sonko over his leadership style although critics question his  character after his relationship with Nairobi women's Rep Rachel Shebesh went public. We also learnt his critics also term him as a rogue leader who doesn’t deserve to hold any elective position considering his dramas of sleeping on the road and punching of the walls.

There have been calls by some of his supporters that he should run for the Nairobi gubernatorial seat in 2017 but he has always remained non-committal as to whether he will run or not. At one time, he was quoted saying that he will support President Uhuru Kenyatta for two terms then drum up support for Deputy President William Ruto for two terms then he will run for the presidency at the end of Ruto’s term. Sonko is currently undertaking a bachelor of Business Administration at Methodist University.