Is Former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko Issuing Interest-Free Loans?

By Simon Muli

Facebook post claims that former governor of Nairobi Mike Sonko is giving out loans.

The post, titled ‘Back to School Edition’, promises loans to parents who cannot afford school fees for their children and aspiring entrepreneurs with no capital to start their business.

Sonko Loans Foundation, it adds, is giving out loans ranging from Ksh 10,000 to Ksh 3 million. Prospective borrowers must send the word “loan” to a provided WhatsApp number to receive their disbursement immediately. The post also adds that the loan will accrue no interest.

The post is accompanied by a collage of images. The image on the top is a close-up shot of Sonko, while the other three show distribution exercises by the Sonko Rescue Team, a philanthropic initiative affiliated with the former governor.


There is no information about loans on Sonko’s Facebook or Twitter timelines, where he routinely posts information about his charity outreach programmes.

The Facebook page on which the claim has been shared has had its posts flagged by fact-checkers, including PesaCheck for promoting scams.

Sonko has previously warned members of the public against falling for scams disguised as free loans.


PesaCheck has looked into the claim that the former governor of Nairobi, Mike Sonko, is giving out loans, and finds it to be a HOAX.


This story was produced by Africa Uncensored in partnership with Code for Africa with support from Deutsche Welle Akademie.

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