Several celebrities joined the race for local and national positions in the August 9, 2022 Kenya general elections. A handful of first-time runners and re-elected leaders emerged as victors, including blogger Robert Alai, comedian Felix Odiwuor and former journalist Mohamed Ali.
Official results from the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) showed that some of these former entertainers clinched various seats in various positions countrywide. Read on to find out who they are.
Felix Odiwuor aka Jalang’o
Perhaps the most competitive race, former comedian and radio presenter Felix Odiwuor, aka Jalang’o, beat his main rival, incumbent Lang’ata MP Nixon Korir in the hotly contested race to Parliament. Korir conceded defeat, thanking Lang’ata residents for the time accorded to him as MP.
Controversial blogger turned politician, Robert Alai, won the Kileleshwa MCA seat.
Alai beat out competition from 8 other aspirants to clinch the ticket, garnering 638 votes against his closest competitor Junior Tollo who managed 545 votes.
Davidson Ngibuini aka DNG
DNG won the Woodley, Kenyatta Golf Course Ward seat. Vying under President-elect’s UDA party, he was able to beat the incumbent MCA Mwangi Njihia of the Jubilee Party. DNG is a former TV show host, Radio host and MC.
Rapper Eko Dydda clinched the Mathare North MCA seat. After the win, he went on social media to thank his supporters and revealed that he had defeated his competitors by a wide margin.
John Kiarie alias KJ
Dagoretti South MP John Kiarie retained his seat after beating former MP Dennis Waweru.
KJ won under the UDA Party and garnered 26,304 votes against Jubilee Party’s Waweru 22,773 votes. KJ is a former comedian and entertainer.
Nyali Member of Parliament Mohamed Ali has retained his seat after garnering 32,933 votes in Tuesday’s polls.
The former investigative journalist and UDA party candidate beat seven other candidates with his closet rival, Said Abdallah of ODM getting 18,642 votes.