It has always been widely believed that Uhuru made Sakaja. The popular version on the street is that after bolting out of KANU, and without an alternative party to join yet the elections were just around the corner, Uhuru spotted and settled on a newly formed outfit called The National Alliance, TNA, that had just been created by a group of new graduates led by a young man called Johnson Sakaja.
However, it is now emerging that this may not entirely be true. While some bits of the story may be true, it leaves out huge and important parts.
All was laid bare during a heart to heart that the Nairobi senator had with comedian Dan Ndambuki, popularly known as Churchill, on his weekly show, Churchill live.
Sakaja said that it all began in 2007 when he had the luck of meeting Richard Nga’tia, one of the power brokers during Kibaki’s administration. Sakaja said that after a brief interview, Nga’tia hired him as his driver, driving him around in his Toyota Premio. He later on promoted him to be his Personal Assistant. It was through his continued proximity to Nga’tia that Sakaja became deeply and heavily involved in Mwai Kibaki’s re-election bid through one of his campaign programs which was known as Vijana na Kibaki.
At the time, the then opposition leader, Uhuru Kenyatta, had dropped his presidential ambitions and decided to back Mwai Kibaki for a second term. It was here that Sakaja first met Uhuru, and the two developed a close relationship.
Sakaja said that they began finding out personal information about themselves. For instance, they discovered that Sakaja’s mum and Uhuru’s sister were close friends at Kenya High.
In the run-up to the 2013 general election, Sakaja was tasked with forming a party that Uhuru would run on. Since time had gone by- they didn’t have time to birth a brand new party. They acquired the National Alliance Party, NAP, which belonged to Nginyo Kariuki, and renamed it The National Alliance, TNA.