Kimani Mbugua, a former Citizen TV reporter who has been struggling with bipolar disorder, has been transferred to a rehabilitation center in Mombasa. This move was facilitated by former governor Mike Sonko, who announced the news on his social media accounts.

“Yesterday, we managed to airlift former Citizen TV journalist Kimani Mbugua to Mombasa Rehabilitation and Empowerment Centre for further treatment as promised earlier during the Oga Obina interview. Let’s pray for him. I’m 100% sure he’ll be OK,” Sonko posted.

Kimani has been in and out of rehab several times between 2021 and 2024.

In May 2024, Sonko visited Kimani Mbugua at Mathare Hospital where he was admitted with the help of Oga Obinna.

“I visited Mathare Hospital along with Oga Obinna and the family of Kimani Mbugua to check on the recovery progress. We were warmly welcomed by the team of doctors attending to them, who updated us on their progress.” Sonko shared.

Kimani Mbugua

During the visit, Sonko had a cordial interaction with Kimani, reminiscing about past interviews and discussing his current struggles.

The former governor stressed that a change of environment could help in recovery.

He explained, “Even if we transfer them to Mombasa, it will only be for the purpose of changing the environment, which can also greatly contribute to the patient’s recovery,”

Mike Sonko

Sonko, however, qas quick to praise the care at Mathare Hospital.

“Kimani Mbugua has already given a lot to the world through his work, and it is our time to give back hope, love, and care. We were highly impressed by the services of the entire (Mathare) hospital leadership; it is a very good hospital with qualified and professional healthcare workers.”

Sonko hopes that the new environment at the Mombasa Women Rehabilitation Center, where boxing queen Conjestina Achieng is also receiving treatment, will aid in Kimani’s recovery process.

By Vivian K.

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