An amateur video showing former Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko shoveling sand energetically at a construction site has sparked debate on whether the man Nairobians learned to love despite his many idiosyncrasies is on a comeback trail.
It's not yet clear whether it's a publicity blitz or pure Sonko philanthropy but lately, the former Governor has warmed his way back into the hearts of city residents.
On Saturday, April 10, Sonko and his team responded to victims of a fire that razed down property of the residents of Mango Kubwa Ward in Mathare Constituency by donating hundreds of thousands worth of basic household items. Among these were blankets, buckets, mattresses, basins, baby diapers, and sanitary towels.
The same day High Court Judge Weldon Korir made a milestone ruling in Sonko's favor.
"Sonko established that the trial was as a result of comments he made during the political rally and that they do not meet the constitutional threshold to warrant the trial", said Judge Korir.
The High Court has therefore temporarily stopped the hearing of the two cases against Sonko on charges of terrorism that have been going on at the Kiambu and Kahawa Law Courts.
Sonko's misfortunes were compounded by defamatory comments he made against the Head of State at a political rally on 24 January. The new windfall of good fortune may attest to his being absolved by State House. If that is the case then Sonko truly needs a new lease of life.
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