Former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has finally broken his silence regarding his removal from office.
Last night, he went live on Facebook with a video of himself driving in Nairobi traffic. Popular gospel tunes were blaring from the car’s stereo. He was minus the retinue of bodyguards and hangers-on who usually accompanied him while he was in office.
“I am excited to go back to my life and to be with the ordinary people who have been supporting me all my political life,” he wrote in an opener to a long screed. “As I said before, there is life after politics.”
After a two-day hearing by the Senate plenary earlier this week, Sonko’s impeachment was upheld by a vote of 27 to 16. He faced four charges: Gross violation of the Constitution and other laws; abuse of office; commission of crimes under the national laws, and lacking the mental capability to run the county government.
The impeachment was a screeching end to boisterous political career played out with wanton recklessness on one hand, and munificence on the other. No one doubts that Sonko was hodgepodge of crass and class, and of leadership and recklessness. He was a Dr. Jekyll and My Hyde of Kenya’s politics.
“Today I have been allegedly impeached by a few Senators, but I have not been impeached by the people of Nairobi and Kenyans at large, God has not impeached me as well and I know He has better plans for me. Everything happens for a reason. I Have faith in God. I will walk with him to the end of this journey,” he wrote.
“I Will Stand With You”
Sonko made numerous allegations on who might have been behind his impeachment. He thanked his family and supporters for backing him throughout his 10 year stint in politics. “I encourage you to promise yourself, no matter how hard it gets, do not give up on your dreams, no matter what happened or happens to me, I will stand with you and I will continue supporting you whenever you are in need.”
In conclusion, Sonko waxed philosophical: “The greatest tragedy in life is not getting knocked down. The greatest tragedy in life is refusing to get up after being knocked down. Today I may appear down but I’m not because I know my victory is soon coming back.”