Sonko picks technocrat Igathe as running mate
NAIROBI, Kenya, May 16 – Senator Mike Sonko has picked Vivo Energy Managing Director Polycarp Igathe to be his running mate for the Nairobi gubernatorial contest.
Sonko made the announcement after head-hunting the corporate guru as he strategises to put up a strong team to take on Governor Evans Kidero in the August election.
In a recent TV interview, Sonko said he was keen on having an experienced executive as his deputy to be able to fulfil his agenda if elected Nairobi Governor.
According to an interview published in the Business Daily in 2015, Igathe graduated from University of Nairobi in 1995. While in university, he was the president of AIESEC.
He got his first job in Australia working for Queensland Health as finance officer.
After a year-and-a-half, he comes back home, gets hired by Coca- Cola where he worked until 2000 when he joined AfricaOnline as a sales and marketing manager before joining Kenya Breweries Limited as sales operations manager and then as marketing manager.
His last job before Vivo was with Haco, where he did 10 years.
Senator Sonko won the Jubilee primary for the Nairobi gubernatorial seat after trouncing former Gatanga MP Peter Kenneth.
Following a day long counting of votes, Sonko was finally declared the winner in the hotly contested primary after garnering 138,185 votes ahead of Kenneth who got 62,504 votes.
Bishop Margaret Wanjiru came in a distant third after managing 7,654 votes