Sonko receiving his degree

Certificate for gossip? Mike Sonko asked as he receives honorary degree

I said it last week and I will repeat it again this week, wherever our great Nairobi governor Mike Sonko is, there will always be interesting news.

Last week his name was in the news because of the revelations he made concerning Ken Okoth’s alleged love-child with Nairobi MCA, Anna Thumbi.

Ken Okoth and Anita together with their son
Ken Okoth and Anita together with their son

This week Mr Sonko is in the news after the unexpected news that a Dubai university saw it fit to award him an excellency doctorate! He posted the images of the occasion on his Facebook page with his caption reading;

I’m delighted to be conferred with an honorary doctorate Degree of Excellence by the European Digital University at the University of Dubai, for my positive role in changing the society.
I will continue with my Good Deeds by championing for the rights of the less fortunate members of the society through transparent and transformative leadership.
I will also carry on with personal support to the society through the Sonko Rescue Team which has been consistent in it’s charitable work.

Sonko receiving his degree
Sonko receiving his degree

Most Kenyans congratulated the governor on the rare distinction that he had achieved, however, some were befuddled that the very controversial governor could receive such an honour, with some of the comments roasting the governor.

Sonko receiving his degree
Sonko receiving his degree

Some of the naysayer’s comments are below:

sirmestipa @mike.sonko uko sure hakijaibio? 😂😂
kriskarim Certificate ya mushene aka umama
Francis Owakah A degree from a Dubai (mtumba abode) conferring a degree on behalf of a European university? Saa zingine manatubeba maembe
Ben Benard Karis I would never want to be a doctor if they’re like you

One comment that stood out was by Fred De Greate who wittily asked the governor to spell the word, doctorate but without reading it.

Sonko responded in a comedic and jocular way that took the sting out of the barb. Sonko wrote;

 Daktrariree wa Pumwani na mamalucyree

Sonko receiving his degree
Sonko receiving his degree

Sonko isn’t the only politician to receive an honorary doctorate. President Uhuru Kenyatta, former prime minister Raila Odinga, Chief Justice David Maraga, Central Bank of Kenya governor Patrick Njoroge and Central Organisation of Trade Unions (Cotu) secretary-general Francis Atwoli were among those conferred with the honours by various institutions.

Raila and Uhuru honored
Raila and Uhuru honored

Uhuru and Raila’s degrees were issued by Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology for the March 9 ‘handshake’ that ended the political turmoil following 2017’s General Election.

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