This article outlines the list of Kenyan Celebrities Joining Politics in the 2022 general elections
As the 2022 general elections near, there are many aspiring candidates who have expressed interest in vying for various positions with different agendas and manifestos. Among the aspirants are some of the celebrities who have felt the need to be among the leaders of this great Nation.
They aim to use their huge following and influence to mobilize the people to vote for them in the elections. While some of the celebrities joining politics have been viewed as performers who can initiate changes once they get into office, others have faced criticism, getting labeled as non-performers and potential failures.
Here are some of the celebrities joining politics in the 2022 general elections.
The kiss FM host, (real name Felix Odiwuor) intends to run for Lang’ata Member of parliament(MP) under Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) which he joined officially in 2021. He has been campaigning for the seat for the past few months while still mentioning it on the radio. He has been at the frontline during donations, charity work, and holding forums in the Lang’ata constituency.
He is yet to resign from being Kiss FM host on February 9th so as to major more on politics. In a recent morning show on kiss FM, the presenter acknowledged the possibility of losing the contest, hilariously noting that in case he fails, he will be in the studio the next day.
The former KTN journalist Jamall Gaddafi has made it clear that he will be running for the Malindi MP seat which is being occupied by Aisha Jumwa under the ODM party. However, Aisha will likely not contest against him as she will be running for Governor to succeed Amason Kingi.
Gospel Musician Roy Smith is one of the celebrities joining politics in 2022. In a recent interview, said that he will be vying for the Nairobi senatorial seat come 2022 general elections on a UDA ticket. The singer has been on the frontline in discouraging the youth from indulging in crime due to lack of unemployment. When he clinches the seat, he aims to empower youths and enhance the provision of medical services in urban places.
Comedian Jasper Muthomi will be running for the South Imenti Member of parliament seat to succeed the incumbent Murungi Kathuri. He has received several endorsements from the elders in Imenti and was recently proposed by a council of elders from Egoji to run for the seat.
Jasper, who was expected to run for the office on a Devolution Empowerment Party (DEP/Mbus) ticket recently shifted to William Ruto’s UDA, noting that he had personal reasons as to why he did so. It is believed he ditched the Kiraitu Murungi-led party due to a possibility of losing at the nominations.
The radio personality who currently works at Milele FM came out clear that he will be contesting for Wundanyi Mp in the August 9 contest. He is very confident of securing the seat that when announcing for the seat, he said that he was going to be the MP and that he is not ‘vying’ for it.
In an interview with Hassan Ali on Radio Maisha, Mwakindeu said that Wudanyi people have been persuading him to vie for the seat and that he has finally decided to bow to the pressure.
The sports anchor, moderator, and influencer announced his bid to run for member of the county assembly for Manda, Shivanga ward in Malava constituency. Recently, he met with leaders around the area and promised them a project he is going to work on.
Dickson Ngibuini- DNG
Dickson Ngibuini announced that he will run for Woodley-Kenyatta Golf course Member of County Assembly. He has since launched a youth initiative, Hustle Yako to empower the youth in their day-to-day hustles. He also supports education campaigns that are aimed at making the youth busy hence averting them from evil activities such as crime and drug abuse.
Author Mandela better known as Xtian Dela, is a Kenyan blogger, YouTuber, and social media personality. The controversial blogger declared his aspirations to vie for a political seat in Westlands (MP) last year.
However, from the criticism and trolls he received on social media, he revealed that he might quit politics. He took to his Instagram page months later to express his disappointment, indicating that he may drop his bid; “is the race over even before it starts?” he was quoted.
The former Citizen TV anchor hinted that she will be joining politics and running for a political seat in the forthcoming elections. “It’s an opportunity. Given the opportunity why not? I have not ruled it out but what I’m saying is, I have not officially declared it,” she said during an Instagram interview with DJ Mista Dru.
The former Tahidi High actor, Dennis Mugo aka OJ is one of the celebrities joining politics in the country. He declared his political interests last year, announcing that he will be vying for the MCA seat for Ruguru Ngandori Ward in Embu County on a United Democratic Alliance ticket (UDA).
Ex-K24 news anchor and media personality will face off with his brother for the Matuga parliamentary seat. She looks up to continue with her late mother’s (Zainab Chidzuga who served as Kwale Woman Rep) legacy.
The ‘Wabe’ hitmaker has of late been showing interest in politics. He confirmed that he will be vying for a political seat in the 2022 elections. He has also shared some of his plans to deal with unemployment and tax issues through his Instagram page in a bid to lure the youths.
Brian Kibochi (Bondi)
The notorious bully in the Maria series elicited reactions from his followers after announcing that he will be vying for MCA for Matisi Ward Trans Nzoia County.
Francis Amisi “Frasha”
Just like his fellow rapper from P-unit (Gabu), the award-winning rapper expressed his interest in politics by announcing that he will be vying for MCA in Athi River.
These are just but some of the widely known celebrities who have announced joining politics in the forthcoming elections. It goes without saying that there are more on the queue whom we are going to reveal as time goes by. Keep it here for more updates on celebrities-turned politicians.