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EX-Sonko financier joins the Nairobi gubernatorial race



As 2022 general elections draw closer, aspirants continue to announce their candidatures from left, right and centre to capture the Nairobi top seat that fell vacant after Governor Mike Sonko was impeached in  December.

The latest entrant in the Nairobi race is Isaac Njuguna who is establishing a campaign secretariat to win the seat that has attracted a number of politicians including former Starehe Mp Bishop Margaret Wanjiru who enjoys the backing of DP William Ruto and Sonko.

Njuguna was Sonko’s strategists and financiers during the 2017 elections where he spent millions of shillings in Sonko campaigns as he was also the brains behind Sonko Rescue Team that penetrated Nairobi’s informal settlements to hunt votes for the former governor.

The little known kingmaker began setting his political machinery and resources in motion the moment Sonko was impeached and a by-election declared. He initially intended to run on the Roots Party of Kenya as his party but details remain scanty if he will still use the said party.

Roots party belongs to lawyer George Wajackoyah who unsuccessfully vied for presidency in 2017.

Isaac Chege Njuguna receiving nomination certificate from Roots Party of Kenya leader Prof George Wajackoyah [p/courtesy]

The alumni of University of Nairobi, Strathmore University and City University in London is a businessman who showed interest in the by-election where Jubilee Party had cleared the former Dagoretti South MP Dennis Waweru and Agnes Kagure to battle for party ticket before the courts halted everything.

Njuguna wants to capture the youthful vote bloc as he pushes to bring the social change the city residents are yearning for but his recycled opponents have failed to achieve.

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The little known politician was enjoined in a case filed by Activist Okiya Omtata at the Nairobi High Court against the Nairobi county government over the suspension of the by-elections for Nairobi county after Sonko was impeached.

Third Party Alliance of Kenya, Law Society of Kenya, Kenya Human Rights Commission  Habib Omar Kongo, Patrick Mwangi Kiiru, Josphat Kariuki, Angela Mwikali, Muiruri Waweru, and Geofrey Makworo were also enjoined in the case.

The respondents in the suit includes Sonko, Nairobi deputy governor Ann Kananu Mwenda, Nairobi county assembly, the speaker, Clerk Nairobi county assembly, the Attorney General, Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission and the Government Printer, the senate, Katiba Institute, former deputy governor Polycarp Igathe, Jubilee Party and Nairobi county executive and Njuguna himself.

But with the chances dashing on a possible by-elections due to the pending suit, all eyes are now set on 2022 when the country will general elections to elect new leaders.



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