Karua used CJ Koome to get me out of the ballot- Sonko

Mike Sonko during a campaign tour of Kenya Kwanza on Saturday 30th July, 2022./COURTESY

Former Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko has accused Azimio la Umoja Deputy Presidential candidate Martha Karua of using Chief Justice Martha Koome to get him out of the Mombasa gubernatorial ballot.

Speaking in Mombasa at the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party headquarters in Nyali, Sonko claimed that he was informed by a reliable source who works at the Chief Justice’s office of how Karua conspired with Koome to kick him out of the ballot.

“Immediately after IEBC cleared and gave me the certificate, on the same night, Martha Karua went to see Chief Justice Martha Koome and told her to ensure I’m done with,” said Sonko.

Sonko said Martha’s move came after he refused to support Azimio’s Abdulswamad Sharif Nassir’s quest for the Mombasa gubernatorial seat.

“That day I was at the airport waiting for Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka, Martha Karua and Baba came and put an Azimio cap on me then asked me to support Abdulswamad but I said no. I said ‘I respect you but I cannot sell Mombasa people’, after I refused they got angry and got in touch with Koome,” said Sonko.

Sonko said he filed his appeal five months ago, and it does not make sense why the CJ had waited that long to consider his file after he had been cleared by IEBC.

“Martha Koome asked for the file; a file that has more than 10 parties, each party has more than 4,000 pages, and she reviewed all those in less than 24 hours,” Sonko said.

Sonko however, said he will not relent and will support UDA’s Hassan Omar until the end.

Sonko will be leading UDA Mombasa campaigns for the remainder of the campaign period.