A number of Kenyan celebrities contesting for parliamentary positions in the just concluded Kenyan 2017 General Election have been successful.
The first time entrants into politics stood tall against a few seasoned politicians and wealthy businessmen to make their mark to becoming a lawmaker.
Starting in Starehe, there have been scenes of jubilation from youth after one of their own got elected.
Popular musician Charles Njagua Kanyi aka Jaguar has won the hotly contested Starehe constituency parliamentary seat.
The Kenyan showbiz personality, who according to his Wikipedia page is arguably the wealthiest and most philanthropic artiste in East Africa, trounced his opponents by garnering 52,132 votes. His closest competition for the seat was Orange Democratic Movement’s Steve Mbogo who got 32,357 votes.
The other aspirant for the seat was activist Boniface Mwangi who was vying on an independent ticket. Mwangi conceded defeat very early in the race to Jaguar.
During the Jubilee Party primaries in April, Jaguar was highlighted in the media for beating veteran politician Maina Kamanda who tried to fraudulently highjack the results to be announced as a winner.
The ‘Kigeugeu’ star was, however, announced the winner following a successful petition.
In Nyali Constituency, famous investigative journalist Mohamed Ali Mohamed has beat off stiff competition from a relative of ODM Deputy Party leader to head to the National Assembly.
Moha, as he is popularly known, contested as an independent after he lost ODM party nominations to the same opponent. At that time, Moha had said he was rigged out and that looks to be true as he gets the final laugh.
Another one of the Kenyan celebrities contesting was Redykyulass comedian John Kiarie.
Kairie popularly known as KJ was victorious in his bid to represent Darogetti South Parliamentary seat. He beat incumbent Dennis Waweru with 66 percent of the votes cast compared to Waweru’s 12 percent.
It’s third time lucky for the comedian who lost to Beth Mugo in 2007 and to Mr. Waweru in 2013.
Babu Owino, the renowned former SONU chairman has the Embakasi East parliamentary seat despite the stiff competition from Jubilee’s Francis Mureithi. Owino garnered 39,700 votes to his opponent’s 36,683 votes.
The election had a total of 16,259 Kenyans competing for just 1,882 positions, making it the most hotly contested elections in Kenyan history.