Nairobi News


Journalists among the winners in party primaries

Three journalists are one step away from the National Assembly or Senate after being declared winners during party primaries.

They are among the dozens of journalists that dropped their pens, cameras and microphones for the world of politics.

Former Standard Group editor Enoch Wambua might just be the next Kitui senator after he bagged the highly coveted Wiper Democratic Movement ticket.

Mr Wambua is seeking to replace Wiper chairman David Musila who wants to oust Governor Julius Malombe.

In Migori, former Ramogi Radio presenter Ben Oluoch Okello was on Tuesday declared the Senate candidate on an Orange Democratic Movement ticket.

In Kiambu, former Kameme FM presenter Gathoni Wa Muchomba trounced President Uhuru Kenyatta’s cousin Anna Nyokabi to clinch the Jubilee ticket for woman representative position. Ms Muchomba garnered 374,306 votes against the incumbent’s 26,768.


Meanwhile, former KTN investigative journalist Mohamed Ali popularly known as ‘Jicho Pevu’ has appealed a decision to deny him the ODM Nyali parliamentary ticket, citing irregularities.

In the ward representative category, former Nation writer Nyambega Gisesa won the Rigoma Ward ODM ticket, while former Chamgei FM presenter Nancy Chemutai will contest the Kobujoi Ward seat on a Jubilee party ticket.

But it was a bitter ending for Deputy President William Ruto’s aide and former journalist Emmanuel Talam (Nandi Hills parliamentary seat), Standard Group editor David Ohito (Ugenya), Josiah Murigu (Kirinyaga Central) and Isaac Ongiri (Kasipul).

Those that did not participate in the primaries but will be on the ballot paper come August 8 are Mr David Makali (Bungoma Senate, Labour Party of Kenya), Mr Kendagor Obadiah (Kapenguria Constituency, Maendeleo Chap Chap) and Mr Matiko Bohoko (Kuria West).

Other former journalists in politics include Migori Woman Representative Dennitah Ghati, and Nominated Senator Naisula Lesuuda, now gunning for Samburu West parliamentary seat.