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What made Sonko declare himself the acting president – VIDEO

Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko caused drama on Friday in Kathiani, Machakos County after he disrupted proceedings during the burial of former Kathiani MP Wavinya Ndeti’s husband and declared himself the acting president.

The senator, who spoke in a slurred speech, had been tasked to read President Uhuru Kenyatta’s speech but ended up causing a melee by charging towards the day’s master of ceremonies and demanding to know why he wanted to cut short his speech.

“Rais Uhuru is in Togo, his Deputy President William Ruto ako France. I am number three in command politically influence-wise and socially. I am now the acting president of the Republic of Kenya,” shouted Sonko.

At one point when the MC requests the flamboyant politician to cut short his speech, an agitated Sonko starts hurling insults at the mourners.


“Hapana shika mimi. Takataka nyinyi, gasia nyinyi. Msituletee, kwendeni kabisa huko. Kwenda kabisa. Kwenda kabisa!” he keeps shouting.

However, contrary to Sonko’s remarks, at the time Deputy President William Ruto was not out of the country but was in Baringo.

It takes the efforts of the bereaved Ms Ndeti and other leaders to restrain the Nairobi gubernatorial aspirant who kept uttering unprintable words.

But even before Sonko begins reading the president’s speech, Cord leader Raila Odinga and other leaders are seen walking out of the ceremony.

In his speech Sonko also said he was ready to join Cord if Wiper Democratic Movement leader, Mr Kalonzo Musyoka was the flag bearer of the coalition.

Kenyans on Twitter however bashed Senator Sonko for his behaviour through the hashtag #GrowupSonko.