Mike Sonko’s secret tapes and the mystery of the deep state

What you need to know:

  • The culture of secret recordings is not new to politics. But Sonko’s near paranoid behaviour, of having his guard up perpetually, gives credence to two observations.

  • The first is that he is too attached to his street smart ways to allow himself to be caught flatfooted.

  • The second is that Sonko is a man under siege, who needs to keep as much evidence on even his slightest communication with anyone may not have an upper hand against him.

Controversial and flamboyant to a fault Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko made it clear from the word go – making his political debut running for MP during a by-election for Makadara Constituency in 2010 – that he was out to break rules and barriers in Kenyan politics.

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