Former Nairobi governor Mike Sonko is making a political comeback, with his sights set on the governorship of Mombasa. The Kalonzo Musyoka-led Wiper Democratic Movement submitted Sonko’s name to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) as one of those who had been cleared to run in the party primary.
Sonko, who was impeached by the Nairobi County Assembly in December 2020, will fight for the seat on a Wiper Party ticket, but he will have to defeat Kisauni MP Ali Mbogo, who is also running for the same seat. He will oppose former Mombasa Senator Hassan Omar, who will run on the UDA ticket, as well as Mvita MP Abdulswamad Sharif Nassir and Mombasa billionaire Suleiman Shabal, who will run on the ODM ticket, in the race for Mombasa’s top position.
On March 22, 2022, Sonko moved from Jubilee to Wiper, ostensibly to resurrect his political career following his impeachment. He was fired on charges of abuse of office, severe misbehavior, and inability to manage county business, all of which he denied repeatedly.