The utterances by Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko alluding that he was the President of the Republic of Kenya, in the absence of Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy President William Ruto, provided the perfect opportunity to relegate him to the peripheries once and for all.
Speaking during a funeral service in Machakos county, a seemingly inebriated Sonko said:
‘Rais Uhuru is in Togo, DP William Ruto ako France I am number three in command politically and socially. I am now the acting president of the republic of Kenya.’
Jubilee top echelons and well oiled Uhuru supporters used the remarks to impress on the President to disown the virulent senator and work with former Gatanga MP Peter Kenneth.
While the initial plan was to front Dagoretti South MP Dennis Waweru to run for the Nairobi Gubernatorial seat, Peter Kenneth is now seen as the best bet given his appeal and the ‘non-tribal’ tag he carries.
Sonko political fortunes in the newly formed Jubilee Party are good as dead. This was a marathon but the boisterous senator took off with a sprint and is now a spent cartridge. His much hyped Sonko Rescue Team (SRT), formed to offer services to Nairobi residences, is in shambles at best.
Sonko has made it clear that he will not support Peter Kenneth since he was among the leaders who wanted Uhuru and Ruto ‘hanged’ at the ICC. Sonko said that Peter Kenneth tried to bribe him with one billion to drop his ambition to run for the Nairobi gubernatorial race.
His past and recent utterances have hurt the relationship he enjoys with the President. Political pundits agree that Sonko is a loose cannon and should be kept far from the Head of State. Peter Kenneth decision to enter the Nairobi Governor seat was not purely accidental. It was well orchestrated and sanctioned by Uhuru himself.
So where does this leave Sonko? While he still enjoys considerable clout in the city politics; the senator needs a strong party to propel him to the governorship. His sentiments that he will only join Cord if Kalonzo Musyoka is the party flagbearer should not be taken at face value.
Sonko is desperate. He knows, like a weed, he is unwanted in Jubilee and where best to seek solace than the National Super Alliance (NASA). The senator has antagonized so many people in Jubilee and has only two options: either be an independent or join NASA.
Another option for Sonko is to move his political base to Machakos County since Nairobi has ‘its owners’. He will have to tough it with Alfred Mutua who enjoys a good working relationship with the Jubilee administration.
If Sonko, who cannot communicate in his Kamba mother tongue, bags the NASA tickets, Mutua and his Chap Chap movement will be confined to Kenya’s political footnote.