August 21, 2017 will go down in history as the day Mike Sonko was sworn in as Nairobi’s second ever Governor.
The ex Nairobi Senator took the oath of office as the Nairobi County boss together with his deputy Polycarp Igathe, at Uhuru Park where the former pledged to transform the face of the capital city.
“You’ve had immense faith in me from the time you elected me as the MP for Makadara and later as your Senator. I have never and will never take the confidence you’ve had in me for granted. On many occasions I have gone beyond the call of duty to serve and there will be no exception going forward,” said Sonko in his first speech as Governor.
Outgoing Governor Evans Kidero (ODM) who was present, lauded Sonko for his election victory and wished him great success in governing the capital.
Present to witness the swearing-in was President Uhuru Kenyatta as well as his deputy William Ruto. Other Jubilee officials were also in attendance.
Sonko beat all odds in the race for City Hall, managing to not only trounce the incumbent, but also floored his nemesis and former presidential candidate Peter Kenneth.
The flamboyant politician entered the race as an underdog with his competitors after mocking him for his perceived lack of education.
Pundits say his street cred as well as his popularity in the informal settlements where Sonko Rescue Team proved a worthwhile philanthropy, boosted his numbers in the poll