Governor Sonko tears up visiting new-born grandchild in hospital

Governor Sonko meets his granddaughter.

On March 13, Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko was overcome with emotion after visiting his new-born grandchild at the Nairobi Hospital.

In photos shared though his official Facebook account, a teary-eyed Sonko is seen clutching the baby as his daughter, Saumu Mbuvi looks on.  Another photo depicted a beaming Sonko holding the baby next to Saumu and the child’s father, Lamu Senator Anwar Lotiptip.

In the accompanying caption, Sonko expressed joy at being a grandfather for the second time, terming the child’s arrival a ‘humbling blessing.’

“I have just visited my daughter who bore me a second grandchild, I couldn’t help but thank God for this great and humbling blessing.

“May God grant them both a long life filled with His favour and grace. I'm very proud to become Babu Sonko,” he wrote.

Governor Sonko and his granddaughter.


On March 18, Saumu announced the birth of her second daughter through a social media post. According to the mother of two, her two daughters share birthdays, which coincide with International Women’s Day.

“Today morning we were blessed with a beautiful baby girl…I am more than grateful to God for all His blessings,” part of Saumu’s post read.

Abusive relationship

Saumu’s first daughter is from a previous relationship with politician Benson Gatu. Speaking months after parting ways, the firstborn daughter of Governor Sonko revealed that her ex was abusive.

According to Saumu, she bore the brunt of his beating for the nine months they were together before approaching her father on the matter.

“We started as friends and dated for nine months and we broke up when I was heavily pregnant. He used to beat me and after sharing with friends, I went to my dad and told him 'I couldn't take it more. I know I've wronged you' and he accepted me back as a father,” she said.

Adopted daughter

Aside from her two biological children, Saumu also has an adopted daughter.

Six months ago, she revealed how the child’s plight during a visit to the Hearts Children’s Home touched her heart, prompting her to step in and assist.

“Yesterday I met such a beautiful angel at Hearts Children’s Home, a child so pure and innocent but what she has gone through left me so broken and in tears.

“I agreed and vowed that she will be my responsibility and a new member of my family for the rest of my life. I’m so happy that I’m going to be a mother to such a beautiful soul... May God guide and protect this little angel for me always,” wrote Saumu.

In so doing, Saumu followed in her parents’ footsteps as in 2014, they adopted Satrine Osinya after his mother was killed in a terror attack.

During the attack at Joyland Church in Likoni, Mombasa County, Osinya was shot and had to undergo surgery to remove the bullet lodged in his head. Veronica, Osinya’s mother was killed in the attack.