Former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko is making a political comeback after being cleared by the Wiper Party to vie for the Mombasa gubernatorial seat.
Sonko’s name was submitted to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) by the Kalonzo Musyoka-led party as one of those who had been cleared to run in the party primaries.
“That is the list we have forwarded to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, and yes Sonko has presented himself as a candidate in the Mombasa Governor’s race,” Wiper stated.
The former Nairobi boss, who was impeached by the Nairobi County Assembly in December 2020, will run on a Wiper Party ticket for the seat, but he must first defeat Kisauni Member Parliament Ali Mbogo, who is also gunning for the same ticket.
Sonko decamped from Jubilee to Wiper on March 22, 2022, as part of measures to revive his political career following his impeachment.
He has so far faced numerous criminal charges including several corruption cases, assault, and terrorist-linked offences, which he has since denied.
In March, the United States government banned Sonko and his immediate family members from travelling to the US over corruption allegations related to abuse of office and bribery.
Musyoka, however, came into his defense recently, saying Sonko cannot be denied a ticket since he has not been charged with a crime.