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Wednesday, 1 October 2014


Contrary to speculations that Nairobi Senator Mike Mbuvi Sonko was behind the ugly and unfortunate incident in Kwale where an elderly man canned former PM Raila Odinga as erroneously reported by blogger (Kahawa Tungu), we have since discovered that the incident had nothing to do with Sonko and those dragging his name into the shameful act are people out to plant seeds of discord between him and the former PM.

We have established that when the ugly incident occurred as Cord leaders were drumming up support for the referendum, Sonko together with other leaders were attending a fund raising event in aid of Muslim Leaders Association at Waa in Kwale County and later proceeded to Ziwani to console the Mwasera family where four family members together with their two grand children were hacked to death and burnt beyond recognition.

The deceased family left behind a first year student Suleiman Mwasera of Mt. Kenya University, a form four leaver, Mariam Suleiman who is a form four student at Tsimba Secondary School, Merahidi Suleiman a class six pupil at Ngomeni Primary School and Mishi Suleiman Mwasera who lost her two daughters in the same tragedy.

During the visit, Sonko cleared one semester’s fee for Suleiman of Mt. Kenya University and promised to adopt Merahidi a pupil in class six who's now an orphan. He also donated 60 iron sheets, beddings and utensils to help the bereaved families start a new home. Other leaders from coast led by Hon. Gideon Mungaro gave there donations. Other Mps present were Hon. Zainab Chidzuga (Kwale women rep), Hon. Aisha jumwa (kilifi Women rep), Hon. Gonzi Rai ( Kinango Mp) and Hon. Hatibu Mwashetani( Mp Lunga Lunga). The area kaya elder Mzee Mbwana waraka was also present.

Although Sonko and Raila are in different political divide, the truth is that they have had difference in opinion on political issues but the two have remained friends dating back to the campaigns for the new constitution when Sonko joined active politics. During the Makadara by-election after Dick Wathika’s election was nullified, Sonko had indicated to run on ODM ticket but was locked out after ODM gave the then immediate former MP Reuben Ndolo a direct ticket while PNU also gave Wathika a direct ticket.

 Technically, Sonko was locked out from the two parties and opted to run on a Narc-Kenya ticket which was an affiliate of PNU. He pulled a fast one on Ndolo and Wathika and won the seat. Come 2013, he contested the Nairobi Senatorial race and won overwhelmingly having got votes from across the political, ethnic and religious divide. Currently, he is the most popular Senator as per the latest Synovate poll.