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Wiper Party speaks out on Mike Sonko nomination

Former Nairobi County governor Mike Sonko is yet to be cleared to vie for the same position in Mombasa County in the August 2022 polls.

Wiper Party officials on Tuesday dismissed claims the flamboyant politician had been awarded a direct ticket to run for the seat.

The clarification came a day after reports on social media suggested Sonko was among those in the race to succeed outgoing Mombasa governor Ali Hassan Joho.

Sonko joined Wiper in March and a list reportedly leaked from the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) indicates he is among the candidates eyeing the Coastal seat.

“He (Sonko) has a right to express his political interests. As we talk he has not been handed the ticket and as a party, we are currently trying to ensure our opponents work together through negotiated democracy,” explained Wiper secretary Shakila Abdalla.

If nominated by Wiper, Sonko will likely face former Mombasa Senator Hassan Omar (UDA), Mvita MP Abdulswamad Sharif Nassir, and Mombasa businessman Suleiman Shabal both who are both eyeing the ODM ticket.

It remains unclear whether the flashy political leader will be allowed to contest in the August 9, elections as he was kicked out of office as the Nairobi county boss due to graft charges he is facing in court.

The Kenyan constitution states that anyone facing graft cases should not be allowed to hold public office.