It is curious how Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko appears to have a pulse on every issue in the city going by the fact that he is surrounded with hustlers, technocrats, professionals, wheeler dealers and even goons.
Sonko through his inner circle has managed to gain wealth running into billions, controls the judiciary, intimidates the Senate, runs Nairobi according to his whims, and commands a voter base that is only programmed to sing his tune.
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Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko's leadership style has been widely criticised by his opponents and a section of his employees. Photo:UGCSource: UGC
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But who exactly guides Sonko? He is characterised by bare knuckle confrontations, insults, fights and intimidation.
He has insulted colleagues like Murang'a Governor Mwangi Wa Iria, recorded Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu and many others.
The county chief fires his staff via live social media feeds, and frustrated his deputy Polycarp Igathe prompting him to resign in a huff.
Word on the street is that through consultation, Sonko's caucus nominated little known (in political arena) Jane Weru as the next deputy governor of Nairobi.
Weru is expected to be confirmed as Igathe's substantive replacement on Friday, January 11 after running county affairs fro one year without a deputy and rarely with a full cabinet of committee executive members.
This advisory caucus is the only voice Sonko religiously listens and bases hi decisions on.
The inside circle of this controversial and flamboyant politician comprises East Africa Legislative Assembly MP and former Kamukunji National Assembly member Simon Mbugua
Mbugua is Sonkos closest confidant, investment advisor and proxy, and ground person.
EALA MP Simon Mbugua at County Hall, Nairobi. He is believed to be Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko's close ally. Photo: The Star.Source: UGC
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The regional MP has vast investments in the hospitality industry and real estate and is a top Mt Kenya region point man for Deputy President William Ruto.
He is one among few silent billionaires who grace the streets of Nairobi like ordinary people.
The former Kamukunji legislator and Sonko are said to own multiple high end apartments in Dubai and several other countries.
Mbugua who is known for his control of youths and goons alike in Nairobi is also Sonkos man handling contact as he is used to neutralise any form of physical unrest.
Goons associated with Mbugua have been used by Sonko to intimidate and control people within the capital.
He was once accused of manhandling businessman and activist who was addressing a press conference in a popular city hotel.
The MP is also the guy to call to get a private ear to the governor and runs the Sonko's high-profile errands.
Sonko also has his wife, Primrose, in his circle and she controls various companies tasked with garbage collection in the county, taking over from many companies which were blacklisted and kicked out.
Primrose has been implicated in suspicious bursary allocation and has raised many eyebrows with her appetite for prime property.
There's also Brian Kamau Mugo alias Peter Kamau, who has been implicated in illegal land deals, and said to be holding many of Sonko's secrets in land dealings.
Mugo is Sonko's Mr Fix it and chief of staff although there were serious allegations poking holes in his academic qualifications.
Sonko had fired him in an embarrassing manner but was surprisingly forced to bring him back.
Word on the street is Mugo who has been implicated in a case involving a 134-acre parcel of land in Karen threatened to spill the beans about City Hall affairs winning Sonko in his game.
Sonko also has Peter Ragira, the deputy communications director in the governor's office in his inner circle.
The camera shy Ragira is still a university student and is known by Nairobians as Sonko's online guard dog as he insults everyone any time without fear of retribution.
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