Boniface Mwangi: How politics has affected my children
On Monday, January 23, media-personality-turned-activist Boniface Mwangi explained how politics affected his personal life.
During an interview with journalist Mark Maasai on his online show, The Social Newsroom, the popular activist said his political engagements had hurt his children.
The father of three admitted that his children have suffered by even losing gigs.
He stated that his children have opportunities to work on many projects, but once the public realizes they are his kids, they are canceled.
“There is a lot that you lose. I have raised very smart kids. My kids could do commercials and adverts but when my kids go for auditions, they get cancelled,” he explained.
Boni, as he is fondly referred to, said that politics has made it hard for him to secure a job.
“I would ask for a job but when they learn it’s my name I get canceled,” he alleged.
He said he has businesses but has always faced challenges finding an office since most places don’t want to associate with him.
“I have been looking for an office for the last two months but I have to be very careful because if it is a government or politically connected building I will be evicted,” he said.
In 2017, Boniface ran for Starehe MP but lost after he garnered 15,877 votes and was defeated by Charles Njagua Kanyi, who emerged winner with 38,394 votes.
During the interview, Boniface said he would never run for politics again unless how votes are handled is changed.
“Politics has to change. I vied with a small party but never won because voters want money,” he said.
“They want to be bribed. They vote for the people with money but after being elected they don’t serve them.”
In the last general elections, Boniface Mwangi was an active online campaigner for the Azimio party.