Politicians are a breed wired to navigate the political landscape with resilience, continuously seeking better opportunities even in the face of setbacks. While some choose never to fully exit the limelight, others opt for a strategic retreat to regroup and come back stronger.
The 2022 general elections in Kenya saw some political giants facing defeat, raising questions about their activities since then.
Former Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu, a formidable name in Kenyan politics, has been actively involved in church affairs and handling family matters.
Embracing business ventures, Ngilu has immersed herself in economic activities after leaving office.
Additionally, she has become a motivational speaker, focusing on economic empowerment and participating in various conferences.
Lee Kinyanjui, another former governor, has maintained a low profile since his electoral defeat. Despite supporting Azimio in the last elections, Kinyanjui has not appeared in any events organized by the opposition coalition.
He has been participating as a panellist in international conferences, discussing issues like the debt burden in Africa.
On May 24 he was invited to George Washington University to speak about the debt burden in Africa.
“The escalation of debt burden in Africa is a matter that will require urgent attention. With the devaluation of many African currencies, the debt, which is mainly dollar-denominated, has increased by over 30 per cent” Kinyanjui told the delegates who attended the conference.
Wycliffe Wangamati, the former Bungoma governor, currently serves as the Chairperson at the Kajiado County Investment Authority. In this role, he leads efforts to attract investments to the county, with a focus on vital areas such as food security, water provision, and affordable housing.
John Lonyangapuo, renowned for his catchphrase ‘kijana fupi round,’ now holds the position of Chairperson at the North Rift Valley Water Works Development Agency. His primary responsibility is to spearhead the advancement of vital water projects in the North Rift region.
Granton Samboja, the former Taita Taveta County boss, has been the most visible among the politicians on the list. He has made a comeback to the public sphere as a radio personality, hosting an afternoon show on Anguo FM. With a background in journalism, Samboja brings a wealth of experience to his role as a pastor and motivational speaker.