Deal That Earned Sakaja a Mercedes Benz in Campus [PHOTO]

  • Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja makes his remarks during the launch of a report titled Job Entry Level Skills launched at the Serena Hotel on November 6, 2019.
    Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja makes his remarks during the launch of a report titled Job Entry Level Skills launched at the Serena Hotel on November 6, 2019.
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  • Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja has revealed how he got to own a new Mercedes Benz while still in university. 

    Speaking during an interview with rapper Nyashinski aired on Tuesday, September 22, he stated that after joining the Univeristy of Nairobi, Sakaja delved into student politics which afforded him privileges such as nice rooms and being able to set up businesses around the school.

    Little did he know that while he was the chairman of SONU (Now UNSA), he would land a role in former President Mwai Kibaki's administration.

    Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja's first car, a Mercedes Benz
    Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja's first car, a Mercedes Benz
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    "The first time I met Kibaki was in 2006 after the referendum. He asked to hear my dreams about the country and I started working with him. 

    "We established the Vijana na Kibaki initiative and started mobilising in universities and that is how I bought my first car a green Mercedes Benz," he explained. 

    Joining the University of Nairobi was a fallback plan after missing out on being admitted to Harvard. 

    In the run up to the 2007 election, he took a lead role in rallying support for the presidential secretariat and during the 2008 post-election crisis, his resolve to see a solution found resulted in him addressing President Mwai Kibaki’s Cabinet at the age of 22.

    At the age of 24, Sakaja had written a section of the 2010 constitution. 

    When he came up with the formula for the delimitation of constituencies, Sakaja had been consulted by Nancy Gitau, who was State House's political advisor. 

    She asked him for his views on the said topic and he responded that he would think about it and advice. 

    When the team that was working on the draft laws retreated to Naivasha, he represented PNU whereas ODM had brought a very senior professor. 

    Kibaki and the rest of the team were so impressed by the 24-year-old that they chose Sakaja's proposal over the professor's. 

    The Senator also talked briefly about his rap career and the trick he used to get his songs played on Capital FM's Hits Not Homework show. 

    "I used to own a cyber in town and I opened approximately 300 email addresses to send requests. The days I would skip work I'd find that my songs had dropped off the charts," he  admitted amid laughter.