Johnson Sakaja Biography

Sakaja Johnson is a Kenyan Politician born February 2, 1985.He is the current senator of Nairobi county after winning the 2017 general election. He was a nominated Member of Parliament , in office since 2013 to 2017. He was nominated to Parliament by The National Alliance (TNA) party which is part of the ruling Jubilee Coalition currently Jubilee party. He served as the National Chairman of The National Alliance (TNA) until September 9, 2016 when the party merged with 12 others to for the Jubilee Party.

Sakaja was born and raised 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. At Lenana, Sakaja was the prefects’ coordinator as well as the law society vice-chairman. During his days at Lenanna, he was at one time the best in public speaking in Kenya during the National Music Festivals through a topic titled “My Country Kenya”. Thereafter, he joined University of Nairobi, after failing to raise the fees to join Havard despite passing the entry exams, where he graduated with a degree Actuarial Science. Sakaja landed his first job at the age of 19 years at Pricewatercoopers (PwC). After losing the job, a year later, he 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. He however worked with a gospel musical group called Mission Driven. During his life in campus, Sakaja set up various businesses and ended up setting up a financial consultancy firm, Arthur Johnson Consultants, during his fourth year in campus. The firm is still actively running.

Johnson Sakaja  Political Career

He began his foray into national politics through student politics at the University of Nairobi (NASA – as vice chair of the Actuarial Students Association and later in SONU).He has been involved in National Politics since the 2005 referendum and played a key role in the 2007 re-election of H.E. Mwai Kibaki. Sakaja was also instrumental in the constitution making process being a key consultant to the COE and Parliamentary Select Committee on the Constitution on the issue of Representation and helped formulate the formula for delimitation of electoral boundaries in Kenya.

Admittedly his experience in student politics at the University of Nairobi is useful in his new role as chairman of a popular national political party because SONU politics can sometimes get pretty rough and dirty. His profile also says that he played a key role in the “re-election” of Mwai Kibaki in 2007 I am still reviewing video footage of those who attended the bedroom swearing in at State house in 2008 (invited before the election results were announced) .

Admittedly his experience in student politics at the University of Nairobi is useful in his new role as chairman of a popular national political party because SONU politics can sometimes get pretty rough and dirty. His profile also says that he played a key role in the “re-election” of Mwai Kibaki in 2007 I am still reviewing video footage of those who attended the bedroom swearing in at State house in 2008 (invited before the election results were announced) .

Johnson Sakaja Age

Johnson Sakaja is 32 years old (as of 2017)

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Johnson Sakaja Honours and Awards

African Achievers Award Changemaker of the Year 2016
Jacob Well Award 2016 (Men Impacting Differently)

Johnson Sakaja on youth empowerment

Johnson Sakaja, a father of two says this will be greatly assisted by the creation of a national identity where every citizen will be proud of being identified as a Kenyan, unlike the current situation where people identify with their ethnicity.

In a bid to actualise this agenda, Sakaja has brought together all young parliamentarians under the umbrella of Kenya Young Parliamentarians Association (KYPA).

“Young people share a vision regardless of the political party they are affiliated to and that’s why we decided to come together as KYPA,” says the actuarial scientist-turned politician. “We intend to move around the country preaching peace and encouraging young people to take advantage of entities put in place by the government like Youth Enterprise Development Fund (YEDF) and Uwezo Fund to harness their economic potential.”

Johnson Sakaja says he is in the process of introducing three Bills he believes will boost youth empowerment, one of which has already gone through a second reading.

Johnson Sakaja Wedding

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Johnson Sakaja – Job Centres

The Employment Bureau Authority Bill will establish job centres in all the 47 counties where the youth can be provided with several job skills. The Performing Arts Funds Bill will lead to the establishment of an Arts Fund to help upcoming artists, while the Public Procurement and Disposal Bill will push to legalise the implementation of the presidential declaration that 30 per cent of public procurement should go to the youth.

Born in Ngara Estate in Nairobi and schooled at Aga Khan Primary and Lenana High schools where he scored clean As, Johnson Sakaja claims he started his political career at the age of five.

“Just after finishing Class One at the age of five, my father had decided to make me spend another year in pre-school, an idea that I strongly opposed. I held a one-man demonstration in the house with a placard that I had written “No Class One, No School,” the TNA chairman recalls.

“The then Aga Khan headmaster, Joseph Karuga, now the chair of Kenya Primary Head Teachers’ Association, said he would allow me to do this only if I attained the top five positions in the entry exam, which I did.”

By his final year in Aga Khan, Sakaja’s leadership skills were evident for he had already ascended to the position of head boy. Johnson Sakaja also won the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) International Children’s Debate and the trophy handed to him by then Minister of Environment Francis Nyenze, now the National Assembly Minority Leader, besides being interviewed on national television for the first time.

“Before her death when I was nine, my mother, who always prophesied I would be a leader, often told me a good name was better than silver and gold,” says Sakaja who explains that he bought his dream car, a Mercedes, while in second year at the University of Nairobi.

“This inculcated in me a virtue of integrity that has stood me in good stead, especially in my position as TNA leader.”

While in primary school, Sakaja says he sustained his focus by sticking a photo of his dream car on his school locker.

“Whenever I lost focus in my studies, the sight of the Mercedes Benz that I had stuck on my locker would bring me back to my books,” he recalls. “I usually use this simple story to tell the youth to set goals that will keep them grounded instead of wasting time lamenting about their current circumstances”.

He says although nasty things have been said against him and TNA Secretary General Onyango Oloo by the group that has been agitating for their removal, they have chosen silence since most of the accusations are pure lies.

“As much as they are lies we believe it will be very immature of us to get embroiled in mudslinging.

The eloquent legislator’s political career took a flight in 2007 when he joined the Kibaki campaign team, albeit as a driver. Just 23 then, he was involved in various political strategies that earned him respect among the president’s men.

“After dropping off the big men, I would always drive to college with the four-wheel vehicle, which gave me a lot of perceptional mileage among my fellow students,” Sakaja explains.

“But while in the campaigns I also played other key roles, including setting up the PNU tallying centre, by which time I was only aged 23 years.”

While working for PNU he met Uhuru Kenyatta with whom they worked together on various projects when the latter was the Minister of Finance. Among the things Sakaja says will remain a hallmark of his political career during his work for the last regime is drafting the formula for demarcating constituency boundaries.

“As an actuarial scientist senior government officials knew I was good in mathematical computations so I was called upon to design a mathematical formulae to be used in allocating constituencies to the various regions of the country,” Sakaja recalls. “The formula was so water-tight that and well thought out that it was wholly adopted in the Constitution as Article 89.”

During that time he wrote a book on devolution, The Operational Framework for Fiscal Decentralisation published by International Commission of Jurists (ICJ-Kenya).

When President Uhuru Kenyatta was preparing for his presidential bid before the last General Election, the former SONU leader was one of his key strategists, being among those

who came up with the idea of the president dumping KANU for TNA. This was after plans to rebrand KANU, designs of which he showed to The Standard, failed.

“We came up with the slogan “iBelieve” with the specific intentions of creating a sense of self-belief, especially among the youth and those who were not where they wanted to be in life,” Johnson Sakaja recounts. “The dove was meant to signify a take off since we have been crawling on the ground with the KANU cockerel for too long. This we correctly predicted would create a national mass movement.”

After the composition of TNA he assembled a communication team that was responsible for planning the historic launch of the party at KICC last year. The team comprised Dennis Itumbi, Machel Waikenda and Jasper Mbiuki among many young people.

“Leadership is about a dream and as long as you dream, the plan will eventually fall into place,” says the man who claims he once helped PriceWaterHouse Coopers, his former employer, resolve a riddle of a Sh100 million company deficit as an intern. “Martin Luther King Junior had a dream although he never had a plan. It was finally actualised with the election of Barack Obama.”

On his relationship with the president, Sakaja is very economical with words.

“To me he is both an elder brother and a father figure, which means we can talk about many issues outside politics since he is a good conversationalist,” the bulky politician says.

“He is also my boss and he is a no-nonsense man when it comes to matters of national importance. I am glad he believes in the youth potential, which is reflected on his appointments”.

Besides politics Johnson Sakaja is also a businessman, having opened Arthur Johnson Consulting while still in university and has over time diversified his interests to farming, transport and steel.

The Lenana School alumni is also a guitarist and a former member of Mission Driven, a gospel band.

“While in campus I ran several businesses, one of them being the biggest laundry at the main campus where I charged students a token amount to clean their clothes,” Sakaja, who says he joined politics in college to enable him do business and provide leadership, adds. “I had a salon, barber shop, laundry and an ice vending machine. I spent the money I earned to buy a Mercedes Benz, the car of my childhood dreams, while in second year.”

He says some of the laundry machines that he bought are still at the Main Campus, which is “a testimony to my business acumen”.

To remain grounded as a leader, TNA leader says he occasionally visits youth hangouts where he can mingle with the young people and understand their needs.

“Disconnecting a leader from the people is like cutting off his oxygen since serving the people is the sole purpose of leadership,” the youthful politician concludes.

“As a leader sometimes you will be misunderstood, which should not worry you provided your conscience is clear and you are doing the right thing. People will understand later after the success of your enterprise.”

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