Johnson Sakaja: The biggest thing which political history teaches us is that pride comes before the fall. The notion of the infallibility of a victorious politician has to be tempered by humility
1. Johnson Sakaja was born and bred in Nairobi, in the then government quarters in Parklands as a last born in a family of three siblings. He went to Aga Khan Nursery and Primary school up to 1998 and later joined Lenana School where his leadership qualities were apparently very early on.
3. Johnson Sakaja landed his first job at the age of 19 years at Pricewatercoopers (PwC). However, being a party animal, he could not keep up with the strict working conditions at the accounting firm and was fired a year later.
4. Johnson Sakaja later worked at a cyber cafe with his aunt and in the process started producing music. He developed an interest in rapping and wrote up several songs but never followed through to record and release the songs.
5. During his life on campus, Johnson Sakaja set up various businesses and ended up setting up a financial consultancy firm, Arthur Johnson Consultants, during his fourth year on campus. The firm is still actively running.
6. Johnson Sakaja’s first dalliance with national politics was in 2005, during the referendum for the then proposed constitution. He used his platform as a SONU leader to rally the youth at the Referendum. Thereafter, he joined the Kibaki team for 2007 elections starting off as a driver before eventually becoming the director of the Vijana na Kibaki lobby group.
7. 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. It was here that he first came into contact with the current president (Uhuru Kenyatta) who was then the Minister for Local Government. Thereafter, at the age of 26, Sakaja helped form The National Alliance (TNA) of which he became the Chairman. Aged only 27, he became the youngest Chairman of a ruling party in the world.
8. Senator Johnson Sakaja of late has been acting like a man who doesn’t give a damn about his political future or one who is drunk with power. The Senator has lost touch with the people and with the government that put him to power. Some have even vowed to teach the youthful politician a lesson at the ballot come to the 2022 elections. He has chosen to seat on the opposite side on the Revenue Sharing bill which will deny Nairobians their rightful share in the National Cake.
9. Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja was recently arrested at a bar while drinking way past the curfew hours. While confirming the incident, Nairobi Police Boss Philip Ndolo told Capital FM News the Senator was arrested at about 2.00am within Nairobi’s Kilimani area. Sakaja, who ironically was the chairperson of the Ad-Hoc Committee on Covid-19 Situation in Kenya was given a dress down by Uhuru, who is apparently his political mentor, and had to resign from the committee.
10. The father of two boys and a girl is the man responsible for Uhuru shutting down bars and causing massive layoffs across the country. Alcohol lovers are baying for Johnson Sakaja’s blood after President Uhuru banned the sale of alcoholic drinks in eateries and restaurants for 30 days as an escalated measure to curb the spread of Covid-19.