A popular Kameme FM presenter has become the latest in a line of radio presenters who announced that they would test new waters in the murky world of Kenyan politics ahead of the 2022 General Elections.
Njogu wa Njoroge, known to be one of the highest-paid presenters at the popular vernacular radio station, will be contesting the Nakuru Senate seat.
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A poster was unveiled on Friday, January 14 by Gatundu South Member of Parliament Moses Kuria showing that he will vie for the seat under the Chama Cha Kazi (CCK) party ticket.
Wa Njoroge is widely known amongst Kikuyu speakers and he celebrated 15 years in the media industry by filling a 60,000 seater Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi.
The latest recruitment is an indicator of serious moves made by the Gatundu South lawmaker ahead of the General Elections. On Saturday, January 8, he picked Murang’a Woman Representative Sabina Chege and her Kirinyaga counterpart Purity Ngirici as members of his party, a decision that raised eyebrows.
The lawmaker also went for former Kigumo MP Jamleck Kamau as a member of his party, which was formed back in July 2021 as his party of choice as the elections draw closer.
Meanwhile, many radio presenters announced they would quit their roles to focus on political seats in 2022. Media personality Bonnie Musambi had announced that he will leave the national broadcasting station Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) on February 9, 2022.
“Today marks 1 month before my exit from KBC, where I have served for 14 years. On February 9, by the grace of God, and if things do not change… I will be leaving KBC in order to grow and pursue my own dreams,” he announced while hosting the Zinga show on KBC‘s Radio Taifa.
The veteran radio presenter added that while growth was considered important to him, he would not join another station.
“Growth is important in one’s life, but I am not going to another station. I am going to do my business, to be self-employed. I will be telling you much about the business on the last day.
“I also have a calling to launch my political career. So I will join politics,” he revealed.
Reports indicated that Musambi is eyeing a parliamentary seat in Kitui County. He hosted Radio Taifa‘s morning show named Zinga La Asubuhi alongside Cynthia Anyango.
Musambi also read the prime-time news on KBC Channel 1 TV.
Other radio personalities eyeing political seats include comedian Felix Odiwour, alias Jalang’o who hosts the Kiss 100 breakfast show and Alex Mwakideu of Milele FM.