Former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has dismissed a post doing rounds on social media indicating that he has endorsed businessman Richard Ngatia for the Nairobi gubernatorial seat.
Wait for a major announcement I will be making soon - Sonko
Mike Sonko denies endorsing Richard Ngatia for Nairobi gubernatorial seat
Denying the claim, Sonko urged his followers to treat the reports as false and misleading.
“It's brought to the notice of all that there are some unscrupulous elements circulating fake news in form of rumours via various social media channels, with the sole purpose of misleading the public that I have endorsed one of the gubernatorial aspirants for Nairobi County in the forthcoming August election. I would like to distance myself from such malicious, rumour mongering and false information,” Sonko stated.
Sonko, who has been scarce in the City’s politics, urged his supporters to overlook such news, he also mentioned plans to make a major announcement soon.
Mike Sonko advice to candidates vying in Nairobi
In addition, the former governor encouraged his supporters to accept handouts from politicians. He, however, cautioned that the politicians bribing voters could be blamed for the tribulations faced by Nairobi County since his impeachment.
“I urge my supporters to overlook such kind of fake news as you wait for a major announcement that I'll be making soon.
"For now, kuleni izo pesa wanawaletea (take the money they are dishing out) with the intention of blindfolding you to elect them but remember they're the root cause of your unending suffering, poverty and tribulations that have been overwhelming you since my illegal impeachment from office,” Sonko said.
Sonko also warned political hopefuls relying on endorsements urging those seeking political office in the City to seek votes with manifestos, track records and a vision from the people.
“Also let me advise anyone eyeing the seat to hunt for votes from the voters based on your manifesto, working track record and vision for watu wa kanairo.
"Watu wa kanairo sio watu wakuchaguliwa viongozi wako na uwezo wakujichagulia. Wale munategemea brokers na endorse mutashangaa (Nairobians choose the leaders they want not who has been endorsed. If you depend on power brokers you'll be disappointed),” Sonko stated.
After his impeachment, Sonko has largely remained silent in the world of politics with no mention of any intentions of going for any political seat.
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