Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja is arguably one of Kenya’s promising youthful leaders.
While appearing on Churchill Show on Sunday, June 13, the first term Senator shared his life journey with Kenyans.
The last born in a family of three, Sakaja told comedian and TV host Daniel Ndambuki that he bought his first car while in university.
“Under my desk, I had a picture of this car. A Mercedes Benz. When making noise in class, I would open my desk and look at the car. That motivated me to work hard,” Sakaja said.
Sakaja then said that he ended up buying the car when he got to university after finishing his High School studies at Lenana School.
When a visibly excited Ndambuki asked the senator how he managed to buy a vehicle while he was a student, the senator replied: “I used to run businesses back then. I had a laundry shop, kinyozi and other businesses.”
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Sakaja further revealed that he earned money from the businesses which in turn made him afford the vehicle.
“We didn’t have money as a family then, so I set up businesses. I used to wash people’s clothes, cook… it wasn’t much but at the end of the day I would have five or six thousand shillings in a day,” Sakaja said.
The senator went on to reveal that his entry into politics in 2007 also played a key role in his finances.
“By the time I was in fourth year, I had joined politics during the days of President Mwai Kibaki so I had resources,” Sakaja said.
The politician also told the comedian that he owned an apartment around Yaya Centre in Nairobi by the time he was in his fourth year.
“I joined student politics so that I could run businesses and pay my school fees. Those days, when you were a university student leader, you had the opportunity to run a business,” Sakaja said.