9 Kenyan Celebrities Who Have Declared Interest in Political Positions in 2022 General Election

As the political climate continues to gather heat towards the upcoming general election in 2022, the country has seen a host of new entrants in the game.

Pay attention: Become TUKO.co.ke ambassador – get a branded T-shirt, hoodie or water bottle at our TUKO Shop!

The celebrities are drawn from media, theatre, and comedy.
From left to right: Comedian Jalang’o, TV presenter Mwanaisha Chidzuga, and gospel singer Rufftone. Photo credits: Jalang’o, Mwanaisha Chidzuga, Rufftone.
Source: Instagram

Most of these are young individuals who believe the older generation has failed in addressing the needs of the populace, therefore, feel it is time for a change.

Among the new entrants are celebrities in different disciplines, from music, comedy, journalism, and theatre.

Below are some of the Kenyan celebrities who have shown interest in political positions in the 2022 election.

1. Jalang’o

For many years, comedian Felix Odiwuor aka Jalang’o made his political ambitions known, but it is until recently when he announced that he would vie for the Langata parliamentary seat.

PAY ATTENTION: Vote for TUKO.co.ke as the Best Digital News Platform! Choose TUKO News at #31. Voting is free.

Read also

Kenyan Newspapers Review for December 7: Uhuru Actively Involved in Organising Raila’s Azimio la Umoja Event

Jalang’o made public the decision while responding to a fan during an Instagram Question and Answer session.

On July 15, the radio presenter was officially ushered into the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), the party he intends to vie on during next year’s election.

He was handed a life membership certificate, setting himself ready to take on lawyer Silas Jakakimba, who also eyes the party’s ticket in the Langa’ata contest.

2. MC Jessy

In early November, Churchill Show comedian MC Jessy, real name Jasper Muthomi, officially announced that he will vie for the South Imenti parliamentary seat.

His political ambitions received a boost after he got the blessings of elders from his community.

“I was grateful and humbled by the elders that raised me and who are from my home constituency of South Imenti when they honoured and bestowed on me the blessings and responsibilities to lead them as the Member of Parliament,” he said.

Read also

Kenyan Newspapers Review For December 6: 11 Passengers in ill-fated Mwingi Bus Weren’t Catholic Church Members

He shared photos of himself receiving a symbolic sword and shield from the elders.

3. Rufftone

Gospel singer Roy Smith Mwatia, known by the stage name of Rufftone, also announced in mid-November that he would vie for the Nairobi senatorial seat.

While making public his ambitions, Rufftone revealed that joining politics was an assignment and a divine calling from God, adding that it was time for a change in Nairobi.

“I am not even going to ask people for votes whenever I campaign, I’ll be thanking them because I know they’ve already voted for me,” he told TUKO.co.ke’s Hillary Lisimba.

The musician also said that politics exists even in the Bible, that is why God gave man the power to choose between good and bad.

4. Mwanaisha Chidzuga

After many years of gracing TV screens as a news anchor, Mwanaisha Chidzuga has decided to try her hand at politics.

Read also

Kenyan Newspapers Review for December 3: Musalia Mudavadi Defends William Ruto Against Uhuru’s Attacks

Chidzuga, who will be vying for the Matugu parliamentary seat on a UDA ticket, will face off with her brother Hassan.

Chidzuga is following in the footsteps of her mother, late Zainab Chidzuga, who was the Kwale Woman Representative between 2013 and 2017.

Politics seems to run in the veins of the Chidzugas given that they are related to former Matuga MP and Cabinet Minister Chirau Ali Mwakwere.

5. Tony Kwalanda

When TV presenter Tony Kwalanda announced that he was interested in vying for the MCA seat in Manda Shivanga Ward in Malava constituency, many doubted him.

This was after the sports journalist shared a poster on his social media handles and urged his fans to not only support but also help him choose which party to join.

“Let us walk together in this journey,” he wrote in Swahili

To prove that his interest was valid, he met with religious and women leaders in the area and promised to start a project to uplift the public.

Read also

Vivienne Taa: Youthful Female Fashionista Seeks to Light Lang’ata Constituency

6. Bonnie Musambi

In 2016, radio and TV presenter Bonnie Musambi disclosed that he has his eyes set on becoming the Kitui senator come 2022.

The family man added that he believes in himself as an able leader and wants to deliver to the people of Kitui when that time comes.

One of his most recent revelations is that he will quit Kenya Broadcasting Corporation to start his own Kamba Radio station christened Sang’u FM.

That is not only a long-term exit plan from the state-run media organisation but also an opportunity to ground himself as a servant of the populace.

7. Jamal Gaddafi

Former TV presenter Jamal Gaddafi is among the six aspirants who have declared interest in the Malindi parliamentary seat currently held by Aisha Jumwa.

He recently declared that he would vie for the seat through an Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) ticket.

Read also

Newspapers Review for November 24: Mike Sonko Tells Kenyans to Expect More Audio, Video Leaks

“I know ODM is a democratic party and we want free and fair nominations,” Gaddafi said, adding that he would give his rivals a run for their money in the party primaries.

Gaddafi rose to fame in 2015 when he was crowned the winner of KTN’s reality show ‘The Presenter.’

8. Bondi El Chapo (Maria)

Maria actor Bondi is yet another Kenyan celebrity who will be running for a political seat in the upcoming 2022 General Election.

The actor said that he will be vying for an MCA seat in Matisi Ward, Trans Nzoia County in Kitale.

In a video shared on Instagram, the thespian asked the people of his home area to cast their votes for him if they want better leadership than has existed before.

9. Allan Chesang

Allan Chesang is an aspiring senator for the Trans- Nzoia county in the forthcoming general elections.

Read also

Mwende Gatabaki: David Ndii’s Wife Declares Interest in Kiambu Gubernatorial Seat

The 35-year-old is seeking to take over the seat that is currently held by incumbent Senator Michael Mbito, who is aged 67.

I stood for the MP seat in the last polls but I did not make it but that didn’t dampen my spirits. I believe I have what it takes to change the leadership of our people through injecting my vigour and ensuring maximum representation of all constituents,” he said.

Born in the Matano area in Trans Nzoia, Chesang is currently pursuing a master’s degree in political science at the University of Nairobi.

PAY ATTENTION: Click ‘See First’ under ‘Follow’ Tab to see Tuko.co.ke news on your FB Feed

Source: Tuko

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here