Swahili news anchor Kanze Dena is the latest Kenyan media personality to leave her media job and take up a state appointment.
In the last General election, we witnessed former journalists being elected as MP’s, Cabinet Secretaries,MCa’s among other positions.
Here is a list of media personalities who are giving politics a try.
1. Farida Karoney
The laid back Farida came into the lime light after her appointment as the Cabinet Secretary for Lands by President Uhuru Kenyatta. She is the former Chief Operating Officer at Royal Media.
Her appointment came as a surprise to many.
2. Kanze Dena
The soft spoken presenter has been appointed as Deputy State House Spokesperson and Deputy Head, PSCU. Her role includes taking leadership of the core communications teams, including digital, messaging, research, branding and press. With expansive newsroom leadership experience, Ms. Dena has been tasked to focus on the President’s brand positioning, media relations and messaging with respect to the delivery the Big Four agenda.
Kiambu Women rep is a woman of many hats, before ditching the media for politics she worked for stations such as Kameme Fm and later Inooro Fm.
Gathoni who is a first time politician has not had it easy after finding herself on the wrong side with the public due to ‘untamed ‘ comments that did not settle well with her people.
4. Mohammed Ali
Respected investigative journalist Mohammed Ali won the hearts of Kenyans not only on the screens but also on the ballot after emerging winner in the highly contested 2017 elections.
Ali won in the election making him the Member of Parliament for Nyali, something which did not come easy as there was a court tussle.
5. Sabina Chege
She is both beauty and brains having worked as a presenter for local channels such as Kameme Fm and Coro Fm apart from being an actress and a video vixen.
She is a second time women rep and her political star is only starting to shine and we hope she makes the sky her limit.
Known to many as Nyambane, the funny man came into the limelight during his days as a comedian with the group Redykulas, and later joined the Nairobi county as director of communication.
A position he served with zeal before being replaced ,he was also a presenter with a local show ‘The Big Breakfast ‘ which he hosted alongside Caroline Mutoko.