Azimio's Presidential running mate Martha Karua and former Nairobi governor Mike Sonko on Tuesday, July 12, appeared to have buried the hatchet ahead the August 9 polls.
Speaking while accompanying President Uhuru Kenyatta in Nairobi's, Embakasi East constituency, Sonko endorsed the Martha Karua - Raila Odinga presidential bid, after years of the two not seeing eye to eye.
"President Uhuru has done a tremendous job in the past years. To ensure that this work continues, we must elect Azimio leaders," Sonko urged Nairobians.
The pioneer Senator of Nairobi county reportedly bumped into Azimio leaders, at Wilson Airport, as they readied to fly to the Coastal region for a series of campaign rallies.
Sonko later in the day shared pictures with Martha Karua before he was crowned by an Azimio cap by flag-bearer Raila Odinga.
The controversial politician was elected Makadara Member of Parliament in 2010 on a NARC Kenya ticket. Karua, who is the Party Leader, played a leading role in the campaigns that handed Sonko his maiden political seat.
In the 10th Parliament, Karua defended Sonko whenever he was faced with adversities.
When Sonko was implicated in the drug barons list presented by then Internal Security Minister the late Prof George Saitoti in 2011, Karua condemned him for defaming the MP and invading his office for investigations.
Karua also stood with Sonko when he was ordered out of parliament proceedings in 2011 for inappropriate dress code.
However, the honeymoon between Karua and Sonko was short-lived. This two fell out after Karua resolved to expel Sonko from her party on allegations of supporting a rival candidate in the 2011 Kamukunji by-elections.
Sonko and his fellow Narc Kenya compatriot William Kabogo campaigned for PNU's Yusuff Hassan in a race where Narc was represented by Brian Weke.
The two went in different camps in the subsequent general elections in 2013, with Sonko joining Uhuru Kenyatta-led Jubilee coalition and Karua vying for the presidency on a Narc ticket.
The two have however been reunited under the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya coalition. Sonko is seeking to be elected as Mombasa governor.
On Wednesday, July 13, Sonko heaved a sigh of relief after the Court ordered the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to clear him and gazette his name.
Sonko is hoping to make a political comeback after he was impeached in 2020 on grounds of gross misconduct and abuse of office.
Others in the Mombasa gubernatorial race are Azimio's Abdulswamad Nassir who is the outgoing Mvita legislator and former Senator Hassan Omar who is vying on a UDA ticket.
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