Embattled former Nairobi governor Mike Sonko has been cleared by the Wiper Party to vie for the Mombasa gubernatorial position.
Sonko who was impeached from office due to graft allegations decamped from Jubilee to the Wiper party.
His name was among the list of six aspirants forwarded to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission by the Wiper Party for the candidates they have cleared to vie for political seats in various counties.
Agatha Solitei, Wiper’s National Elections Board vice-Chair confirmed that he will face off with Kisauni Member of Parliament Ali Mbogo in the nominations.
“That’s 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,” she said.
Last week, former vice president Kalonzo Musyoka came out to defend Sonko noting that the former Nairobi Governor cannot be denied a ticket since he has not been charged with a crime.
“Sonko has not been charged with crimes against humanity. The only thing is he was impeached by the County Assembly of Nairobi and the decision was upheld by the Senate,” he argued then.
On December 3, 2020, Sonko was impeached by 88 Nairobi MCAs of the County Assembly. This later proceeded to the Senate on December 17, 2020, and the senators upheld the resolution to remove him from office
Last month, Sonko went to the Supreme Court to challenge his ouster. This was after the Court of Appeal upheld a decision by the High court that he was legally impeached in 2020.
The court also found that Senate gave Sonko an ear before concluding that he ought to leave the county’s helm.
But Sonko maintained that he was yet to exhaust all avenues of appeal and will be moving to the Supreme Court.