Former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has been cleared by the Wiper Democratic Movement to run for the Mombasa gubernatorial seat this August.
According to reports, Sonko is expected to face off with MP Ali Mbogo for the ticket, despite earlier reports the Kisauni MP had been handed a direct ticket by the party’s leader, Kalonzo Musyoka.
Two weeks ago, the ousted governor made a comeback to the public limelight when he joined Wiper from the Jubilee Party where he resigned on claims that he was maliciously removed from office under the watch of the party leader, Uhuru Kenyatta.
The grounds for Sonko’s ouster from office included gross violation of the Constitution and Public Finance Act 2012, inability to control and manage public debts and clear pending expenses, exhibiting incompetence and inability to offer leadership, willingly failing to name a Deputy Governor with an ulterior motive of holding the county at ransom.
Also cited was an irregular award of tenders, saying most were inflated in prices and irregular payment of suppliers.
Last week on April 7th, Wiper boss said 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.