Mike Sonko Biography
Mike Mbuvi Sonko or Mike Sonko as he is commonly known is the immediate former Senator of Nairobi County and the current Governor of Nairobi County. He was a Member of Parliament for Makadara Constituency, in Nairobi Kenya. His first stint in parliament was through a by-election in which he floored established political figures such as Ruben Ndolo. He recently became the first senator of Nairobi County after beating his rivals for the seat.
Mike Sonko is known to be generous to the Kenya’s majority poor sponsoring underprivileged children, youth and women. This has made Mike Mbuvi Sonko popular among Kenya’s electorate. He is also known for his unorthodox mode of dressing affiliated with the hip hop community.
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Mike Sonko’s wealth is traced to Mombasa where he was born and educated. There, his father ran a property and real estate agency, Pelly Properties, which he co-owned with another businessman.
Mike Sonko Mbuvi Education
After completing primary school at Kikowani Primary School in Mombasa, Mbuvi started getting more involved in his father’s business. At the time he was a student at Kwale High School, Kwale County. “My father was a developer and used to sell beach plots at the Coast to European buyers. He made good profits because he bought the plots cheaply,” Mbuvi told The Standard On Sunday. He said he made Sh5 million working for his father when he was in Form Four in Kwale High in 1991. Despite qualifying to go to university, he decided business was his calling. Instead, he took a course in Business Administration and Management at Edxcel International School in Mwanza and Pwani Business College.
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At the time, his father and business partner split Pelly Properties. Mike Mbuvi’s father started Gidson Properties where the young man, fresh from school, was the sales and marketing manager. Sonko relocated to Nairobi in 1994 where he bought eight matatus, which plied the Kibera route. He bought more matatus, which plied route 42 to Dandora and Umoja. He operated matatus in Dandora and Umoja from 1994 to 1997. “I was also buying and selling plots and residential houses,” says Sonko.
After 1997, he bought minibuses and began operating his matatu business in Buru Buru where his first minibus was christened ‘Ruffcuts’. He later bought two buses, one double-decker, for a tours and travel business.
Because of helping the youth when in trouble with the police, and ensuring the arrest of a senior traffic police officer due to harassment and alleged extortion, among other things, he became the chairman of the Eastlands Matatu Association. There were more than 5,000 matatus, under him. He gained popularity in 2007 after going to court when Eastlands matatus were denied access to the Central Business District. The Government then decreed that the matatus stop at the Muthurwa market and bus terminus.
Mbuvi said he has since diversified his business. He bought Club Casurina in Buru Buru as well as cyber cafes, salons, boutiques, and phone and accessories shops in Nairobi.
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Mike Sonko also runs a charitable organisation, which helps needy pupils. He opened a number of youth projects “to empower the youth” in Makadara. He also increased stock for mama mbogas and built them sheds. “But I never spent Sh150 million as claimed. I am not a rich man as alleged. I have given people projects instead of money. I have been doing this even before the campaigns for Makadara,” says Mbuvi. He says his agenda is to eradicate poverty.
His message for the youth is they should work hard to be self-reliant. “I cannot employ all youth but I will register youth Saccos, which will provide loans at low interest rates. Sonko has had his run-ins with the law. In 1995 he was arrested for assault and was released on bond. When his mother died in 1997 the bond was cancelled and he was arrested and remanded at Shimo la Tewa Prison. He escaped to bury his mother and was rearrested, but the court pardoned him. Is Mbuvi related in anyway to Mwau “No way,” he said.
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Mike Sonko is married and has three daughters namely; Saumu, Salma and Sandra.
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Mike Mbuvi Sonko Background
Mike Sonko was born on February 27 1975. Sonko spent his early years in crime, from mugging people in the streets of Mombasa to becoming a major international drug lord. He is a notorious jail breaker, having escaped from Shimo La Tewa Prison under unclear circumstances. His thuggish, often garish mode of dressing has only reinforced this image of a gangster.
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Before Mike Sonko joined parliament, he used to operate a fleet of matatus (Public vehicles) in Eastlands. How he got the capital to start this venture is anybody’s guess. He also used to engage in various shady deals. Whether he is now on the straight and narrow is not clear.
Mike Sonko Family
Mike Sonko is married and has three daughters namely; Saumu, Salma and Sandra. All his daughters are from different mothers. Saumu is from the late Njeri, Salma is from a woman in Juja while Sandra’s mother is from his current wife Prim.
Mike Mbuvi Sonko is Popular
Despite his numerous scandals, Mike Sonko is very popular, especially among the youth. Maybe it has something to do with his manner of dressing and the way he carries himself. He tries as much as possible to identify with the youth. He always attends youth functions such as musical concerts and sporting events.
Mike Sonko – Generosity
Mike Sonko is very generous and he can always be seen donating money for various youth initiatives. He caused a stir at the JKIA when he went to welcome our national team, the Harambee Stars, from a successful outing in Nigeria where they held the reigning African Champions to a 1-1 draw. He came bearing gifts, a million shillings from himself and another million from His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta, in cash I might add.
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He kept his word to the people of Makadara and he greatly improved their living conditions. He established various youth initiatives to help the youth in his constituency get a source of livelihood. He even campaigned for the abolition of parking fees for his constituents. He was recently named the patron of The Association of People with Dwarfism.
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Uhuru, Ruto back Mike Sonko for Nairobi governor’s seat
President Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto have thrown their weight behind Jubilee candidate in the Nairobi governor race Mike Sonko.
The Jubilee leaders said Mr Sonko was the right man for the job as he understood the problems bedevilling the city.
For a man who had earlier accused “people close to the seat of power” of hatching a plan to lock him out of the Jubilee nominations, the endorsement came as a boost for the flamboyant politician.
Mr Sonko has chosen Vivo Energy boss Polycarp Igathe as his running mate.
“We asked you to go for nominations, and Jubilee will respect your wish. You voted a diverse team and showed us that you were not tribal. Please, elect this young, diverse team so we can work with them,” President Kenyatta said during a stopover at Donholm.
Deputy President Ruto was more forthright: “Please, let us elect a governor who understands the problems of Nairobi. Not one who reads them on the internet or the newspaper.”
The Jubilee leaders also endorsed Nairobi Johnson Sakaja (Senate), Rachel Shebesh (Woman Rep) and musician Charles Kanyi Njagua (Starehe).
“Some good things are happening in our life as a family and we look up the heaven and smile, I know its you Dad. Thank you for you for the good counsel. Rest in peace Dad, I miss you dearly.”
The senator who is also a Nairobi gubernatorial hopeful , recounted how his dad handled his wit, citing an incident where he altered his birth certificate because he was too young to be issued an ID.
“All students who had attained the age of 18 years were supposed to show a copy of birth certificate or notification of birth document from any hospital,” he said.
“I had to forge mine with a white-out and backdated it by 3 years so that I could also be issued with an ID instantly, just like the rest of my classmates.”
Sonko said though his father was very upset when he detected it, “he forgave me and never lost hope in me even after doing all these reckless things.”
“The mistake of yesterday will not determine the success of tomorrow,” Sonko said.
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