Mike Mbuvi Sonko commonly known as Mike Sonko, which means “rich person” or “boss” is a Kenyan politician who is serving as the second Governor of Nairobi since devolution. He joined politics in 2010 at an age of 35yrs in a by-election held in Makadara constituency where he won through Narc Kenya ticket.
His political star has consistently been shining. After the inauguration of the new constitution of Kenya in 2010 and the creation of the county governments, Sonko announced his intention to run for Senator in Nairobi County.
He became the First Senator of Nairobi after the result was announced, he won with 808,705 votes through TNA, he beat his closest competitor, Margaret Wanjiru of the Orange Democratic Movement, who had garnered 525,822 votes, in the Nairobi senatorial election of 2013.
Unlike his time in parliament, where he gained notoriety for flaunting House Rules, including incidences of inappropriate dressing, the Senator mostly dressed in official attire.
As Senate, he formed the Sonko Rescue Team which was officially registered as a Non-Governmental Organization that provided government-like services to residents of Nairobi slums.
The then governor of Nairobi County, Dr. Evans Kidero opposed the activities of the group, citing a conflict of interests with the county government’s operations. The Senator acquiesced and donated the vehicles to the county government after several weeks of tense public exchanges.
He has used Sonko rescue team to help the poor and the need in society. The merciful acts has given him a lot of popularity and fame that enabled him to rise to the second city governor.
On the source of his wealth, Sonko has attributed his wealth to the early ventures in his youth days. In an interview with NTV Sonko paraded a number of title deeds and logbooks to prove he is rich.