Former senior advisor to Opposition leader Raila Odinga – and now 2017 Nairobi gubernatorial aspirant – Miguna Miguna called Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko “functionally illiterate” and a “joker who is not qualified to be anything” on KTN’s Jeff Koinange Live on Thursday, May 12.
Miguna Miguna made the tart remarks when he was asked by host Jeff Koinange how serious his gubernatorial bid is, and whether he will trump Sonko.
“Why do people ask if I am serious with my bid to run for Nairobi Governor while they don’t ask the joker Sonko for example? Sonko is not qualified to be anything! The man can hardly read; the man does not even know his functions as a senator,” Muguna stated.
Touching on Sonko’s 2015 graduation from Kenya Methodist University, Miguna claimed that the senator’s academic qualifications were bought.
“He bought his degree, but let me tell you this: a county like Nairobi which is the capital city cannot be run by people who are functionally illiterate. He was elected senator (in 2013), he has not spoken once; he has not tabled any bill (before The Senate) he has not brought Kidero to account…” the outspoken politician continued.
Not taking these remarks lying down, Sonko has clapped back at Miguna Miguna.
“I agree with Miguna that I might not know how to read but when it comes to service delivery I am perfect. Again, I might not know how to write and speak fluent English but when it comes to addressing the main challenges we are facing as a county today, I have the skills and can partner with Nairobi residents, professionals and investors among other stakeholders to address the challenges facing the good people of Nairobi City County,” he wrote.
Sonko and Miguna are slated to battle for the Nairobi gubernatorial seat in August 2017 as the barrister expressed interest in the political position February, 2016 – barely a month after Sonko’s confirmation.