Mizani Africa research organization has shown that, if gubernatorial elections were to be held in Mombasa county today, the embattled former Nairobi governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko would beat Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) and United Democratic Alliance (UDA) aspirants.
In the poll that was recently conducted by the organization in the county, Sonko emerged top with 34.6%, followed closely by Abdulswamad Nassir with27.1%. Former senator Hassan Omar clinched the third position with 26.3%. However, 11.7% of the respondents in the poll were undecided on whom they would support in the 2022 gubernatorial election.
The process of the survey involved 1068 respondents who were randomly selected to participate in giving their opinions. Phone interviews were conducted by the organization, which involved asking direct questions on whom they supported for the seat.
Sonko decided to take his politics to Mombasa county after joining ex-vice-president Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka's Wiper Democratic Movement-Kenya party as a life member. He decamped from the ruling party after Nairobi Members of County Assembly (MCAs) impeached him over graft and abuse of office accusations levelled against him. The Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission (EACC) were also after him on the criminal accusations similar to the aforementioned.
In 2020, he was dramatically arrested by the police and taken to court in Nairobi to answer to charges against crime. He was later released on bail, pending the hearing of his case.
He will be facing off with the ODM strongman and the UDA vocal politician in the upcoming August 2022 general election. This will show the real picture of who will eventually succeed the incumbent Hassan Joho
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