, NAIROBI, Kenya Mar 19 – Thirty three year-old Karungo wa Thang’wa has joined a growing list of media personalities ditching the microphone to join the charged world of politics.
Thang’wa, who formerly worked as a radio news broadcaster at Kameme FM never thought he would ever become a politician.
But with the direct and regular touch with the public, came the unexpected zeal to serve Kenyans in the political arena.
“As a media person you listen to so many people who genuinely express their problems for you to address,” Thang’wa tells Capital FM News.
“People used to tell me their problems and seek my advice on various issues and that made me closer to the populace of Ngewa and Kiambu County.”
Thang’wa managed to clinch the Ngewa ward County representative seat, beating eight other hopefuls in a tightly contested race.
He hopes that his name will one day feature among those that scaled Kenya to greater economic and social heights.
“With good leadership, President Kibaki has proved that Kenya has the capacity to establish great infrastructure projects including the expansion of the Thika Road super highway,” he says.
He intends to use every moment in his term to prove to the world and Kenyans that young people can perform just as well as the older folk.
Thang’wa knows he will leave a positive mark in his ward’s development record.
“Charity begins at home, that’s why I went for a small seat (county representative). Afterwards I will extend my services to the entire country after laying my foundation in Ngewa,” he reveals.
Thang’wa clinched The National Alliance party ticket during the primaries and used it to garner 9,547 votes on March 4, 2013.
His closest rival Pauline Wangui of the Grand National Union party got 3,129 votes.
And even though he faced many challenges in the race, Thang’wa remained firm.
“People could ask me for money in exchange for votes but I stood my ground and convinced them that it is against the Constitution,” he argues.
The father of two attributes his victory to a development oriented manifesto which he says was a result of wide consultation with all stakeholders, including the electorate.
“The three key issues in my manifesto are promoting education, lobbying for funds to improve infrastructures and promoting education computer knowledge,” he explains.
His supporters definitely believe in his leadership and with his victory came jubilation in his Mitahato village and on his social networks.
“Well done Karungo! Nothing more to wait. Go out and serve the Nation, we have given you the green light,” said one of his many supporters on Facebook.
“We believe Ngewa will be a small China,” says John Mwangi a resident of Ngewa.