Photos:Sonko disbands rescue team in Kidero’s support at father’s funeral

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Uhuru and SonkoNairobi Senator Mike Sonko has disbanded his rescue team in a bid to join forces with Governor Evans Kidero and improve lives.

Sonko said he will donate all of the team’s vehicles, which include a Land Cruiser, Limousine, Mercedes-Benz S-Class and a Hummer, to the county government.

The team launched in January offered Nairobi residents services including ambulance, hearse, breakdown, wedding transport, water, security and emergency response.

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Speaking during his father, Gideon Kivanguli’s burial on Tuesday, the Senator promised to put an end to confrontational politics.

“My father had arranged a reconciliation meeting with the Governor’s parents, which never happened due to his demise,” he said.

“I always told him I was doing my oversight role as Senator and that it was nothing personal, but he insisted it had to end for public good.”

Sonko said he would like the Governor to work closely with him and involve him in all development projects.

Noting that his father’s death reignited humility and the need to help the poor, he said the country’s biggest problem is leaders who disrespect each other.

“If leaders give each other the respect required, we can do great things for the people who rely on us,” he said.

Sonko said he learned the ropes from his father, whom he said was a successful land agent at the Coast while he was a student.

“I made my first land deal in high school and made money. I have never looked back; my dad made me what I am,” he said.

“Though he tried his hand in politics but did not make it, he remains my hero.”

Kivanguli’s cortege, that included Sonko’s gold-plated Land Cruiser, was spotted on Mombasa Road in the morning.

It comprised several vehicles and motorcycles, and caused traffic along the road, as his father’s body was transported in a coffin facelifted with gold and diamond parts.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and other government officials attended Kivanguli’s burial at the Sonko family’s lavish home in Mua Hills, Machakos county.

Last week, Uhuru eulogised Kivanguli as “a humble, kind, generous and courageous elder” who was “a good and inspiring businessman”.

Kidero and county executives had also condoled with Sonko on a visit to his home in Runda last week.

The governor had said the county would support Sonko to ensure his father was accorded a decent send-off.

The casket for Nairobi Senator Mike Sobnko’s father, Gideon Kivanguli, who will be buried in Mua Hills, Machakos county, on Tuesday. Photo/COURTESY –
Mourners at Lee funeral Home in Nairobi county, ahead of the burial of Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko’s father, Gideon Kivanguli, in Mua Hills, Machakos county, on Tuesday. Photo/COLLINS KWEYU
Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko’s family home in Mua Hills, Machakos county, where his father, Gideon Kivanguli, will be buried on Tuesday. Photo/COURTESY
A road sign to Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko’s family home in Mua Hills, Machakos county, where his father, Gideon Kivanguli, will be buried on Tuesday. Photo/COURTESY
Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko’s family home in Mua Hills, Machakos county, where his father, Gideon Kivanguli, will be buried on Tuesday. Photo/COURTESY
President Uhuru Kenyatta consoles Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko during the funeral of his father at Mua Hills in Machakos county on Tuesday. Photo/PSCU
President Uhuru Kenyatta consoles Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko’s family during his father’s funeral in Mua Hills, Machakos county, on Tuesday. Photo/PSCU

– the-star.co.ke

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