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Major political rivals Sonko and Nassir meet up

By Wangu Kanuri November 25th, 2022 2 min read

On Thursday, former Nairobi governor Mike Sonko paid a courtesy call to Mombasa governor Abdulswamad Nassir.

In a post on his social media, Sonko said ‘they support’ Abdulswamad in his agenda to transform Mombasa County.

“Mapema leo nilifanya katesi koli kwa Governor wa jimbo la Mombasa He ASN. Tunamsupport Governor kwa agenda yake kuu ya kubadili mji wa Mombasa kimaendeleo.

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(Early today, I paid a courtesy call to Mombasa County governor ASN. We support the governor in his agenda of transforming Mombasa development-wise.)

Abdulswamad also shared pictures from the meeting and said he was committed to ‘work together to build cohesion’.

“I welcomed Former Nairobi governor and friend Mike Sonko who paid me a courtesy call at my office earlier today.

We had the opportunity to touch base and discuss various issues. We committed to work together to build cohesion not just in Mombasa but in the greater Kenyan Nation,” the Mombasa governor posted.

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Months leading to the August General elections, Mike Sonko had shown interest to vie for the Mombasa top seat.

However, the then Wiper party gubernatorial hopeful was banned by Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission following the Apex court’s decision that he could not hold any public office due to his impeachment.

“In adherence to the Supreme Court judgement you are therefore disqualified from holding any public office and thus disqualified from contesting and being elected as the governor of Mombasa or any other county. Your candidature is invalidated and your certificate revoked,” read a letter from IEBC.

On December 3, 2020, Sonko was impeached by 88 Nairobi Members of the County Assembly.

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On December 17, 2020, the case moved on to the Senate, as required under the Constitution, and there they upheld the decision to remove him from office.

After 10 years of serving as Mvita MP, Abdulwasmad Shariff Nassir became Mombasa County’s second governor.

Nassir has succeeded his long-time friend, Hassan Joho who has served as governor for two terms.

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