For the better part of yesterday, the internet was ablaze with comments from different Kenyans giving their views in the aftermath of the stunning revelations by former Nairobi governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko, over the weekend.
Sonko, during a rally in Nairobi, Dagoretti South constituency, sensationally claimed that in the heat of the post-election violence witnessed after the chaotic 2017 election, he and Interior PS Karanja Kibicho printed T-shirts that had the ODM logo on them, then went to car yards and bought secondhand vehicles, and feigning anger and indignation, they then went ahead to burn these cars in stage-managed demonstrations, so that ODM could be blamed for it.
As these claims began sinking in for many Kenyans, the most baffled were those whose businesses were affected by the chaos. Some were irked that the losses they suffered during this period were in fact caused by non other than the camp that they voted for. Others were careful and tentative in their approach. While they indeed expressed shock and apprehension at Sonko’s outburst, they were cautious, urging for patience and restrain as investigative agencies carried out investigations. They were of the view that Sonko might just be looking to cast the government in bad light after his ouster.
What is more interesting, however, is the series of events that unfolded right before Sonko’s outburst. Just hours before his explosive speech in Dagoretti South, Sonko had sought audience with the former Prime Minister at his office on Capitol Hill, but the meeting eventually failed to materialise, and it is still not known whether it had anything to do with Sonko’s claims soon after. Sonko manage to get into the grounds of the former PM’s office, but was barred from proceeding any further by guards on the second gate.
Worth mentioning too, is that in an interview with Kameme FM, Raila lamented about having been turned in to a bogeyman and demonised in Central Kenya by people he didn’t mention.