Former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has admitted contemplating suicide during his embattled tenure at the helm of City Hall.
The deposed county boss, while feeling for the late Capital FM presenter Alex Murimi Nderi popularly referred to as DJ Lithium, cited betrayal and backbiting by his close allies.
These allies, who he thought always had his best interests at heart, set him up for a fight with President Uhuru Kenyatta, a move that would eventually cost him his job.
"As men, we go through a lot of stress and depression and don't open up to friends like how women discuss their issues with fellow women. 90 per cent of our own silent enemies are friends we never thought would turn against us," Sonko lamented.Nairobi Metropolitan Services director Maj-Gen Mohamed Badi in military regalia during a past function in August 2020.people Daily
“My close friends at City Hall and one from EALA incited and advised me to pick up a fight (against the president) after realizing that a Military Official (General Badi) had been brought in to run City Hall,"
“When they realized that the NMS was being heavily funded, they incited me (against the president), yet in the background, they would also incite (the president) against me,” narrated Sonko.
The wars ended in tears for the county boss. A total of 88 MCAs out of 122 voted for Sonko's impeachment.
The MCA's would further install County Assembly Speaker, Benson Mutura, as the acting governor for a period of 60 days in line with the constitution.
Anne Kananu, who was later sworn in as the county's deputy governor, eventually took the oath of office as the county's first in command, despite numerous court battles challenging the move.
In the meantime, the NMS, under General Badi, continued its operations, despite court orders stalling the outfits' activities.
“I came to realize that sometimes the person you would take a bullet for could be the same one behind the trigger,” Sonko concluded while feeling for the departed DJ.Anne Kananu and former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko during a past eventFilefight suicide
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