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Mike Sonko launches his campaign for Mombasa top seat attracting thousands of residents

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The coastal city of Mombasa was on Friday brought to a standstill as governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko’s entourage made inroads during the official launch of his campaign.

Thousands of Mombasa residents welcome Mike Sonko during his official campaign launch. Photo/File

Mike Sonko who is vying for the Mombasa’s gubernatorial seat on a wiper party ticket was accompanied to the launch by the party leader Kalonzo Musyoka.

In his address, Sonko urged the residents to vote for leaders with vision and those that value humanity noting that the county is the face of Kenya’s tourism, a main contributor to the country’s foreign exchange.

The former Nairobi governor promised to improve the livelihoods of the residents in tackling unemployment, rampant drug abuse, infrastructure and security.

“As your next governor, my administration will strive to improve the livelihoods of Mombasa residents by tackling the main challenges facing the county,” said Sonko in his speech.

Sonko, a born and raised Mombasa resident ,started off his career working as a tout at Likoni before owning his first fleet of matatus.

Mike Sonko later visited his late mother’s grave site at the Kikowani Muslim cemetery to pay his respects.

The entry of Mike Sonko into the gubernatorial race in the county is seen by many analysts as a game changer due to the relatively younger voting population in the county who identify with his ideas.

Sonko is set to face off with ODM’s Mvita MP Abdulswamad Sharrif Nasir whose candidature is riddled with controversy.

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