Mike Sonko, 42, is a governor that likes everything expensive, luxurious, gold-platted and sparkling.
All Nairobi locals have already got accustomed to the fact that Sonko adores super-expensive Gold Cars. The Governor drinks only from gold glasses and bottles.
Moreover, he prefers just 24-karat gold phones. By the way, from the local language, Sonko can be translated as “a wealthy person.”
Facts about Mike Sonko
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.
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.
Just like his colleagues Harun Mwau and William Kabogo, Sonko would present the image of a victim while claiming his life is being threatened. In December 2010, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) named Sonko alongside Kilome MP Harun Mwau, Juja MP William Kabogo and Kisauni MP Hassan Joho as the leading drug lords in Kenya.
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 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.