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Mike Sonko now wants to fly Kenya Airways planes

By Wangu Kanuri November 7th, 2022 1 min read

Mike Sonko has offered to work for Kenya Airways (KQ) as a pilot.

The flamboyant politician, who was impeached as Nairobi governor in 2019 and was barred from contesting for the Mombasa gubernatorial seat in the August 2022 polls, suggested on his socials he was seeking a gig that will help him make some money.

“If the pilots continue with their strike I don’t mind kupiga masquad nipate kakitu (driving the plane) so as to get something,” said Sonko.

“I have the experience and can fly any of your airlines to any destination worldwide. Hebu nijaribuni asubuhi (please try me in the morning on the Nairobi Mombasa or Nairobi Kisumu (routes).”

Sonko’s stance comes hours after the national carrier announced it was hiring pilots.

The announcement comes two days after KQ pilots actualized a threat to go on strike in a row over deferred salaries and pension contributions.

As a result, about 65 flights and 10000 passengers were affected on Saturday, the first day of the strike.

KQ on Monday announced 18 flights had resumed operations.

Nine of the flights departed Nairobi to Addis Ababa, Entebbe, Mombasa, Dar es Salaam, Lusaka, Harare, Johannesburg, and London.

Pilots however insist they will not resume work even after dialogue with KQ management and Labour Cabinet Secretary Florence Bore.

Sonko on the hand is known to treat his millions of followers on social media with consistent banter and controversial content on top of his philanthropic ways.

He is a Business Administration from the Kenya Methodist University (KEMU) and has no prior experience and training as a pilot.

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