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One-time shoe shiner contesting for MCA with special message to the youth

An aspiring Nairobi politician has encouraged students to take their education seriously, adding it is one of the surest ways of securing one’s future.

Onesmus Musyoki, who is gunning for the South B’s MCA seat in the August general elections, said this during a tour of primary schools in the area, where he distributed scholarships worth hundreds of thousands of shillings.

He said: “Education is the most important aspect in life today. It is also the key to success. I never managed to finish school because my parents were unable. I had to take myself to school.”

Musyoki who now manages his owns businesses, including a clearing and forwarding firm plus a string of transport trucks, also narrated how he had a difficult start as an adult.


“I was a shoe shiner in Zimmerman, earning a net salary of Sh100 a day. That amount was only enough for me to have one meal a day. I never imagined getting into a plane, or even owning a bank account,” he said.

The father of two added: “I got my breakthrough after getting a driving job at World Vision from there I managed to work my way to where I am. When I am elected, education will be my priority.”

During the function, all students who finished in the top three positions from the 20 schools in the region were each awarded with Sh10,000, 5,000 and 2,500 respectively. Other pupils were handed exercise books.