Hon Johnson Sakaja Is On The Verge of Greatness as Youthful Senator Eyes the Office of Governor

Arthur Johnson Sakaja

Based on his exemplary record, first as a nominated MP and then as an elected Senator, many political observers pick Mr Sakaja over Polycarp Igathe of Jubilee/ Azimio as the most experienced and safe pair of hands to run Nairobi County for the next 5 years

In just twelve days from today, Kenyans will go to the polls to pick their leaders to serve them for the next five years. The outcome of the vote in Nairobi is, thus, eagerly awaited by many as Nairobi is considered a regional commercial hub for East and Central Africa. Nairobi is also the most important urban metropolis in Africa, home to the United Nations as it is where United Nations Office in Africa (UNOA) is domiciled.

It is in this regard that the contest for the seat of the governor for Nairobi is being keenly watched by many. In the ring are Nairobi Senator Arthur Johnson Sakaja (UDA/Kenya Kwanza), Polycarp Igathe (Jubilee/Azimio), Agnes Kagure (Independent), and Ken Nyamwamu (UPA) among others.

Senator Sakaja has been tipped by many political analysts, commentators and opinion pollsters as the next Governor of Nairobi City. Addressed by his peers as “Super Senator”, Sakaja has cut a niche for himself as an articulate leader with a grasp of details regarding issues of the county and national importance, many expect him to carry the same work ethics and reputation to the office of governor once he is sworn in. A gifted orator and a skilled debater, Hon. Sakaja is among the best performing lawmakers in the Senate, if not the entire House of Parliament.

What is Sakaja’s performance record as a Senator and what will he be like when he assumes office as Governor?

In 2020, the 37-year Sakaja had the highest score in the Senate, contributing a record 554 times, according to Mzalendo, a not-for-profit organisation that publishes the parliamentary scorecards for lawmakers in both Houses of Parliament.

In 2019, Sakaja was second only to Narok Senator Ledama ole Kina, who contributed more times. In the same year, 2019 Hon. Sakaja was also rated as the best performing youthful leader in the Senate. He has also been rated the top-performing committee chairperson in the Senate, as chair of the Senate Committee on Labour and Social Welfare for three successful years – 2019/20/21.

In 2018 he was rated the top senator, having contributed 645 times. He was also the best youth member in both the Senate and National Assembly. Based on his exemplary record, first as a nominated MP and then as an elected Senator, many political observers pick him out over Polycarp Igathe of Jubilee/ Azimio as the most experienced and safe pair of hands to run Nairobi County for the next 5 years. Hon. Sakaja is also singled out by many as a politically ambitious young leader as opposed to Mr Igathe who only appeared on the political stage months before the general election.

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