MENTAL HEALTH CHAMPION

Saumu Sonko will run for Nairobi woman rep

Inspired by her father, she joins Betty Kyallo in eyeing the city position

In Summary

• She will prioritise fighting for mental health and distributing sanitary pads for free

Saumu Mbuvi
Saumu Mbuvi
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Saumu Mbuvi says she will vie for Nairobi woman representative in 2022.

Saumu is the first daughter of former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko.

Speaking to Radio Jambo, Saumu said her dad is her best mentor and she will always do things that she feels are inspired by him.

"I want to join politics like my dad and actually, I will vie for woman representative the next General Election," she said.

"He is a father and a good dad. As a politician's child, I fear being broke and that is why I am working so hard everyday."

Asked what different she will do as a woman representative, Saumu listed her priorities.

"I will make sure mental health is taught in all schools. We do not want to have these cases of children killing parents or each other," she said.

"Sanitary pads have to be given out for free. I will basically do things that will be of help to the girls, which will be a good thing."

Saumu Sonko is the latest female celebrity to show interest in the woman rep position.

In an interview with Churchill last year, Betty said she was headed to the political world after accomplishing several things she had targeted but did not reveal the position until aspiring politician Alinur revealed it.

He said in an interview, "Yes, Betty wants to run for the seat for woman representative in Nairobi."

Earlier, Churchill had asked her if she wanted to join politics.

Betty replied, "It is in my plans. I have achieved everything I wanted to achieve so far, and there are a few things I need to do: package myself and think about what is it that I want to run for, but I will do it."

Adding, "I’m not yet sure what I want to do but I will do it. I don’t want to start just mentioning names here, which title or leadership position, but I will do it because I have something to offer and I also have young people who want young people to represent them.

"I am very certain that if God wants me to do it, you will see me on the ballot in a town near you."

Edited by T Jalio