Saturday, June 18, 2016

Is Njogu Wa Njoroge Vying For A Political Position Come 2017?

njogu wa njoroge thanksgiving ceremony cum 2017 elections campaign probably
Ferdinand Waititu and Moses Kuria were earlier this week arrested and held in police custody alongside other politicians from CORD’s side of the political divide over hate speech remarks. It was only yesterday that they were released.

The exodus of it all is Njogu Wa Njoroge's thanksgiving ceremony organized to commemorate the Kameme FM’s 15 years career on radio.

Held at the Safaricom Stadium Kasarani, the ceremony was graced by dozens of artistes including Bahati, Shiru wa GP, Jane Muthoni, Caro Wanjiru, Charles Kingori, Betty Bayo and De’ Mathew, among others.

Other political leaders in attendance - other than Moses Kuria and Ferdinand Waititu - were Dennis Waweru, Rachel Shebesh, Priscilla Nyokabi, Bishop Margaret Wanjiru, Mike Sonko, Nakuru governor Kinuthia Mbugua, Muranga governor Mwangi wa Iria, and Karungo Wa Thangwa (Ngewa ward MCA and former Kameme FM news broadcaster).

Njogu wa Njoroge fans started flowing into the stadium from as early as 10 am and it was not until in the afternoon that the much awaited man made a grand entry into the stadium in a Hummer that is rumored to belong to Kiambu Governor William Kabogo. The cheerful Njogu went around the stadium waving to his fans.

Thousands of Kameme FM fans attended Njogu wa Njoroge's thanksgiving ceremony.  

After a thanksgiving mass, it was time for other functions of the ceremony which encompassed entertainment, fundraising, and finally speeches by political leaders that would reverberate all across Kenya in the following week for their effect on the nation – talk of hate speech allegations and pursuant legal actions.

Throughout the event, pointers to Njogu wa Njoroge’s political ambitions (not confirmed though) were flowing in right and left:

  • Mheshimiwa: The popular radio journalist was referred to as Mheshimiwa Njogu wa Njoroge more than a few times. 
  • Evangelist Lucy wa Ngunjiri: The Prayer Beyond Boundaries pastor was the first to hint Njogu’s alleged political ambitions when she sought to clarify why she calls him Mheshimiwa. “I refer to him as Mheshimiwa because I know he can be one”.
  • Njogu’s speech: When it was finally time for the subject of the ceremony to speak, he said, “People have been asking me whether I have intentions to leave Kameme FM. No, I am still with you on Kameme FM, but if God says it is 2017, I ask of you not to tie me with prayers”. “I will not however not just leave if that time comes. Like Elijah, I will leave behind Elisha” he further said. 
  • Moses Kuria: During his speech, Moses Kuria said that Njogu wa Njoroge campaigned aggressively for him when he was vying for Gatundu South MP seat and it was time for him to support him. 

Njogu has had an vibrant career at Kameme FM, spanning 15 years. Through his popular morning show, he has been involved in various hugely successful fundraising drives, including the ones for Shiru wa GP, Agnes Macharia (whose bus was burnt in CORD’s anti-IEBC protests) and K24 TV anchor Anjlee Gadvi (who needed funds for liver cancer treatment in India). He is one of the most popular journalists in Kenya, ranked 3rd in the 2014 KARF Report. After a successful media career, it seems as though Njogu wa Njoroge is all set to launch his political career.

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