Renowned Classic FM presenter Maina Kageni has shocked many online after revealing that he will be contesting for the Nairobi County Women Representative seat. The radio king on Wednesday announced the move just a few hours after making a post asking his fans to watch out for a major announcement to be made on his Facebook page.
The presenter announced he has already been cleared to contest by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), and will be on the ballot in the August 8 polls. He further stated that he will be contesting as an independent candidate after his clearance by the registrar of political parties.
Interestingly, the Maina and King’ang’i in the Morning show host chose a wig as his symbol during the contest.
He posted his clearance papers from IEBC and registrar of parties allowing him to run for office that was created for women.
In the video, he said, “For more than 10 years I have sat on air and addressed issues that regard women in Kenya, it started as a joke that I need to run for women Representative. Initially, I didn’t take them seriously but I realized the demand was real, after much thought, consideration and consultation with Nairobi’s women, electorate, I have decided that this is the time to make a move.”
He thanked his supporters on Facebook adding, “I had really really, really thought about it hence my decision. Thank you friends, thank you family. 2017 is my year and it is the beginning of new things. #Elections2017KE #TukutaneKwaDebe
Whether this is a prank, a publicity stunt or a joke, we all wait to see how this unfolds.
The seat has attracted many candidates including incumbent Rachael Shebesh of Jubilee and Esther Passaris of ODM.