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Johnson Sakaja Wins airobi Women Representative Nominations

Johnson Sakaja has won the Nairobi senatorial race in the Jubilee nominations, Johnson Sakaja led with 163,446 votes to beat Richard Khavemba (33,109) and Badi Ali (10,132).

Johnson Sakaja Biography

Johnson Sakaja, the National Chairman of TNA is currently the Principal Partner at Arthur Johnson Consultants which offers financial and strategic advisory services to Governmental and Private business entities in Kenya.

Johnson  Sakaja studied Actuarial Science and is currently pursuing Political Economics where he found his interests lie.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.

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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) .

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Johnson Sakaja is 30 years old (as of 2015)

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Johnson Sakaja Biography

To most Kenyans, Johnson Sakaja is the besieged The National Alliance (TNA) chairman who burst into the national limelight through a powerful speech during the highly-publicised party launch in 2012 where he memorably proclaimed that “we are not looking for those with millions of shillings in the bank, but for those with millions of ideas in the mind.”

Before the birth of TNA, the name Johnson Sakaja would not have rung a bell among many Kenyans, save for those who were in the University of Nairobi in the mid 2000s when he was an executive member of Students Organisation of Nairobi University (Sonu).

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Today Johnson Sakaja is a household name, with numerous television appearances and incisive contributions to parliamentary debates.

“The core drive in my leadership at the moment is to fight for the creation of avenues and structures that will enable the youth to harness their potential,” the 29- year-old nominated legislator told The Standard from his office on the 26th floor of the Kenyatta International Conference Centre.

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“The current brand of politics is not inspiring to the youth since it’s being defined by ethnicity where your political fortunes are pegged on your surname.”

Pointing out that the only people who can change this uninspiring scenario are young people in leadership, Sakaja says what the current generation needs is a mental paradigm shift.


“Fifty years ago freedom fighters were struggling to attain physical and mental emancipation. In 1963 we only attained physical freedom,” explains the man who says he has already met a publisher about his memoirs. “The current generation is still fighting for mental emancipation where every young person will believe in their potential regardless of their current circumstances.”

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.

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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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That Johnson Sakaja sits at the head of the table at TNA shouldn’t surprise anyone. At Aga Khan Primary School Nairobi, he was the headboy (he won the Unicef International Children’s debate).

In Lenana School, he played the guitar in a gospel band; at University of Nairobi where he studied Actuarial Science, he was vice-chair of the Actuarial Students Association and later Sonu. (He also ran a successful laundry business on campus.)

Then there was his involvement in the 2005 referendum and his role in the re-election of former President Mwai Kibaki.

I ran into him at a party and pulled him aside for this interview. He was cultured, sharp, eloquent and – surprisingly – showed no form of hubris.

What’s the biggest misconception people have of you?

Johnson Sakaja: That I’m arrogant and that I’m rich. (Chuckles) Neither of which are true.

Looking back, at what point do you think your tide took a turn?

Johnson Sakaja: You know, I have always had a keen interest in national politics since I was young. Deep down, I knew I would get into politics someday. I just didn’t know it would be this soon. I thought it would be later after I retired. I think through student leadership, I got an opportunity to work in ex-President Kibaki’s campaign but even then, it’s only in the 2010 Constitution-making process that I think I came to politically as a consultant.

The real turn happened while working with President Uhuru Kenyatta when he was Minister of Finance.

You rub shoulders with party old guard. At 30, does your age ever come into play?

Johnson Sakaja: It used to a lot, especially at the beginning but it no longer does. There was, of course, some scepticism at the beginning. Being chairman of a party is not a technical position, it’s a position of leadership. You have to arbitrate, give direction and make tough decisions. I think over time I was able to gain their trust. It’s no longer an issue in Parliament.

Does that sometimes make you insecure?

Johnson Sakaja: No, it makes me believe in myself more. What I have learnt is that it’s really not about age, it’s what you can bring to the table. Whilst perhaps I come in without any political baggage from the past, I find their [old guard] experience and age useful so I also bounce ideas off them.

What has power done for you – or to you, for that matter?

Johnson Sakaja: The best way of handling power is by not realising that you have it. I don’t think I have power because if I do, then it will go to my head. I don’t walk around with bodyguards as you can see. I drive myself, I stay simple, I hang out with everybody. I look at power as a tool. It’s like fire, you can use it to cook or to burn.

Has your position – being a politician and all – affected your friendships?

Johnson Sakaja: I’m still with many of them, as you can see here. The other day I was in West Pokot, my pal was getting married but I was the driver, picking up and dropping people and someone said, “no mheshimiwa, let someone else do that.” And I said, “today I’m not mheshimiwa. Today I’m a pal supporting a friend.”

But it’s been difficult and at some point, I was almost losing some of them because we are at different places in life. The things that I would think about all the time are not what the normal 30-year-old would think about.

What makes you the most insecure?

Johnson Sakaja: (Pause) That’s a tough question, man. (Long pause) What can shake me? Hmmm. When I realise that there is a potential of losing touch with the ground, that it would take very little to be a sycophant or to be aloof. Sometimes in the course of my work, when I say certain things, my wife says, “look, that’s not you.” And I have to listen to her because she knows me.

What’s your greatest struggle as a man right now?

Johnson Sakaja: As a dude? (Pause) You see, for me, it’s about legacy. That pre-occupies my mind. There are only a few people thinking about what Kenya will be in the next 30 years and what that means for us now.

We are busy thinking about how to put grass on Uhuru Highway instead of putting a tram and some mass transport system for our capital city. And so when I look at my sons – I have two boys – I wonder what they will say about me when they are my age.

Who or what has had the greatest influence in your life?

Johnson Sakaja: At a personal level, I would say my dad and my sister, Annmarie, who was only six years older than me but who shaped the person I am today. We lost our mum a long time ago and she stepped into that position even when my dad would not always be there later on.

And what’s your weakness as a politician?

Johnson Sakaja: Trust. I trust too easily and many times I have trusted the wrong people. I have been betrayed several times and on many things. I always like to start from the position that everyone is good until you prove otherwise.

What’s the one thing you have learnt in politics so far?

(Sigh) That’s a tough one, my friend. I have learnt so many things. (Pause) You know, I have 10 years’ experience in national politics, but the thing that I have been able to get is that people don’t care what you know or what you say.

People will never remember what you tell them but what you make them feel. Kenyans want consistently honest and strong leaders and they are not stupid, they see honesty

When were you ever so wrong in politics?

Johnson Sakaja: I’ve made a couple of bad decisions. (Thinks) I don’t want to give a recent example because that might just make the news. (Laughs)

I think for me, it has been on the type of individuals to support. One wrong call that I wasn’t directly involved in and I saw coming was the Kajiado by-election. I think I could have done more, but I didn’t.

Will Kenyans ever look at you politicians differently?

Johnson Sakaja: No. All over the world, people are dissatisfied with politicians. It’s because the system of governance is increasingly getting out of touch with the pace people are living at because we are working within a system of governance designed in the 19th century.

I want to look forward to a point where leaders will see Kenyans differently; where guys aren’t coming from retirement to lead, or to make money but that it will be more about guys who know this is about service to the nation. Kenyans will not look at leaders differently until leaders look at Kenyans differently.

I love that soundbite. What do you think you are best at, being a dad or being a politician?

Johnson Sakaja: I don’t think I’m a good politician. I strive to be a better dad. I don’t know how good I am though. I try to make time. My boys are two and three. My first born, JB, just started school so I try to drop him or pick him up. I used to live in Karen but I moved nearer to the city so that I can have lunch at home.

I’m not a good politician because I’m an obvious liar. My eyes give me away. Plus, I wouldn’t want something so bad that I would be willing to step on people. I’m vying in the next election, I don’t have to win… this antagonistic me-versus-you kind of politics is not for me.

Who is the one mind you like and admire in the Opposition?

Johnson Sakaja: Currently? Well, I really used to admire him but he’s beginning to disappoint me. (Laughs) John Mbadi. I like how he thinks, especially before he became ODM chairman. But I think the pressures of being chair has made him make one or two bad decisions, but still he’s my favourite politician in the Opposition.

Has politics affected you as a husband?

Johnson Sakaja: I got married as a politician. (Laughs) I met my wife in high school and she told me, “This is the path you will take.” She has been very supportive since.

You know my opening speech during the launch of TNA, the one that people remember the most? I wrote that speech with her. She’s an excellent writer.

What does she do?

Johnson Sakaja: She’s now raising our children. You know, she’s one of those really bright people, very exceptional. She’s a marketer. She was doing accounts before, she was number one in the country during her year but despite all that, she is now keeping our home and, of course, doing other biasharas.

What’s your biggest fear as a man?

Johnson Sakaja: Failing as a dad. I give a lot of credence to where I am to the kind of father I had. My dad built me up.

When I was three, he would come home and ask, “where is my prime minister, Sir Johnson!” And I didn’t know what that meant then but I just knew it was something great and I internalised it and it built my confidence. I want to impact the same greatness on my kids.

What excites you the most now?

Johnson Sakaja: I have sat at the same table with some of the most powerful people in the world. I’ve driven big cars, travelled all over the world. Those things don’t excite me anymore. I think for me now, I’ve got to that philosophical point where I’m thinking of impact, purpose… something bigger.

You must be a reader. What’s the book that you read that had a major impact on your life?

Johnson Sakaja: When I completed fourth form, I read, Anthony Robbins’ Awaken the Giant Within. That book had the biggest impact on my life. It taught me one thing that I see as my greatest strength – the ability to make decisions and think clearly.

What’s your biggest extravagance, tangible or intangible?

Johnson Sakaja: Two things. I’m a bit careless when it comes to giving people money. That and cars. I have a weakness for cars and my wife has given up on that story. (Laughs)

So what car are you?

Johnson Sakaja: (Pause) You know, you have the best questions I have ever heard! (Laughs) Wow. I have never thought of that one! (Long pause) I think I am a Land Rover Defender. I’m strong and reliable. I get the job done. I’m not sleek or showy, I just get things done.

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