Sonko: I Regret Joining Politics [VIDEO]

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    Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko chairs a meeting at his office on July 17, 2020
  • Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko on Friday, September 11 described joining politics as one of his biggest regrets. 

    The embattled Governor sparked speculation on his political future with the cryptic message.

    He explained that he had abandoned his people, and would seek forgiveness as he charts his next move.

    Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko and NMS Director General Mohammed Badi
    Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko and NMS Director General Mohammed Badi

    "I swear I regret joining politics. It was one of the worst decisions I have ever made. As I retire to bed, I pray that God forgives me of the ignorance that led me to abandon his people in the wilderness after being forced by circumstances. 

    "Lord forgive me. Tomorrow lies in your hands and because you live I can courageously forge forward," he wrote.

    The Governor's office was yet to respond to queries from on what informed the frustrations.

    The Governor currently faces a Ksh357 million graft case, and is set to take a plea for the second time on Monday, September 14.

    This is after the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) amended his charge sheet to add abuse of office.

    Sonko's wrangles with the Nairobi Metropolitan Service (NMS) have also made headlines this year, since he signed a deal transferring various county functions to the national government.

    Interestingly, Sonko attached an old video of President Uhuru Kenyatta tearing into Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga in 2013.

    With the backdrop of a raging debate in the country over comments deemed insulting to founding first lady Mama Ngina Kenyatta, the old video showed Uhuru similarly referencing Odinga's mother in a scathing attack.

    At the time, Uhuru warned Raila against pushing for him to be tried at the International Criminal Court (ICC) as the court was not his mother's property.

    Raila and Uhuru have since turned into partners under the handshake and Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).

    Uhuru himself responded to remarks by Emurua Dikirr MP Johanna Ng'eno and Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi on Thursday, September 10.

    "Those people going around insulting my mother, tell them to insult their mothers instead,” Uhuru stated.

    Watch the video of Uhuru's speech below: