Nairobi senator and Nairobi gubernatorial candidate on a Jubilee ticket, during a ceremony to install him as a Kamba elder
Nairobi County gubernatorial aspirant on a Jubilee ticket Mike Mbuvi Sonko was on Wednesday nstalled as a Kamba Community elder in a colorful ritual conducted at his Mua Hills home in Machakos County.
Kamba Clans Governing Council of Elders presided over the ceremony that saw the Nairobi senator dressed in traditional Akamba costume and handed ceremonial insignia including a quiver, bow and arrows.
Delivering an emotional speech during the ceremony, the former Makadara Member of Parliament regretted the fact that his late father, Kioko Kivanguli, did not witness the coronation. He accepted the anointment by the elders, pledging to serve diligently.
"I accept your blessings and even if I am elected as the governor of Nairobi County I will not forget where I came from,” Sonko said.
The Elders, under the leadership of Boniface Kilonzo poured praises on Sonko Rescue Team, an initiative by the senator which offers vital services to Kenyans including helping in weddings and funerals, without any charges.
Polycarp Igathe, Mike Sonko’s running mate who was present during the ceremony, thanked the senator for picking him to together transform Nairobi if elected in next month’s polls. "We are ready to serve the people. Mr Mbuvi is a uniting factor as he was voted for by all the tribes in Kenya during the nominations," Igathe said.
The elders rubbished the endorsement of incumbent Nairobi governor Evans Kidero by Machakos Senator Johnson Muthama, terming it inconsequential.
The Elders said that there was nothing wrong with Kamba Community supporting President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election, as the community had no one contesting for the presidency.