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Ruto Poaches Kameme FM Presenter Into UDA

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Deputy President William Ruto’s United Democratic Alliance (UDA) has recruited popular Kameme FM presenter Njogu wa Njoroge into the party.

The move announced on Friday, January 21 via the party’s official social media pages countered Gatundu South Member of Parliament Moses Kuria’s unveiling of the renowned Kikuyu presenter as a member of his Chama Cha Kazi (CCK) party.

Wa Njoroge, known to be one of the highest-paid presenters at the popular vernacular radio station, will be contesting the Nakuru Senate seat.

“Welcome to the Hustler Nation Njogu Wa Njoroge HSC,” announced the party while sharing photos of the presenter greeting DP Ruto symbolically outside his official residence in Karen.

Kameme TV presenter Njogu wa Njoroge joins DP Ruto’s UDA party. /TWITTER.UDA

Digital strategist Dennis Itumbi led Kenyans in welcoming him to the party, expressing hope that it would fulfil his dreams of joining Parliament.

“Njogu wa Njoroge, Welcome to The Hustler Nation. May your dream to join Parliament come true,” he tweeted.

“Karibu to UDA – Kazi ni Kazi Njogu Wa Njoroge. You are a great and highly talented son of Rurii. Wishing you the best in your political endeavours. Karibu sana Bro.

“Hustler Nation is stronger together,” Kiharu Member of Parliament Ndindi Nyoro weighed in.

A poster was unveiled on Friday, January 14 by 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.

He began his media career in 2001 when he auditioned to become a football commentator at the national broadcasting station Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC).

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 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.

Others such as Switch TV presenter Tony Kwalanda announced that he would vie for the Manda Shivanga MCA seat in Malava, Kakamega County. Former K24 TV anchor Mwanaisha Chidzuga is vying for the Matuga Parliamentary seat while former Citizen TV news anchor Jacque Maribe has been linked to the Murang’a Woman Representative position.

The station’s parent company Royal Media Services (RMS) gave its employees eyeing political seats until March 1, 2022, to resign ahead of the August 9 polls.

Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman Wafula Chebukati while announcing the election timelines for 2022 in June 2021, had revealed that civil servants seeking political offices have until February to resign.

A signpost outside the Royal Media Services offices. /BUSINESS TODAY

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