Former Tahidi High actor Dennis Mugo popularly known as OJ has declared his interest in politics.
He had announced that he would be vying for the MCA seat for Ruguru Ngandori Ward in Embu on a United Democratic Alliance (UDA) ticket which is associated with Deputy President William Ruto.
Speaking exclusively with Kenyans.co.ke on Saturday, April 17, the former actor revealed that he had been thinking about throwing his hat in the race for quite some time.
"I have always had been thinking about joining politics and it is for time to step up and make a change for my people.Former Tahidi High actor Dennis Mugo popularly known as OJ announced that he would be joining politics.
"My main focus is the youth, the issues that affect them and their empowerment," he affirmed.
Mugo, who has been open about his battle with alcoholism, stated that he would make mental health a priority, adding that depression among young people was an issue that needed to be addressed.
"We have to come up with practical solutions for people who have no means to make ends meet," said OJ.
On why he decided to join the United Democratic Party (UDA), Mugo stated that the party's agenda aligned with what he wants to accomplish for the people.
"The hustler narrative, which is about the uplifting of the common mwananchi is why I joined the party. The empowerment of youth is what I want to accomplish," he added, stating that Deputy President William Ruto was an inspiration to the youth.
Mugo stated that the young people in the ward would benefit greatly from cyber centres established to access information and get skills that would enable them to be competitive.
This noted this from the training he holds with the county government where he teaches young people about the film industry.
He faulted the current MCA Michael Kariuki Munyi who he is looking to unseat stating that health matters were not addressed despite being the chair of the county health committee.
"Being old does not make someone mature... People say I am too young to run for the seat but they should look at that as an advantage because I am younger, better and fresher," he maintained.Dennis Mugo AKA OJ during a forum in Embu County in March 2020.alcohol
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