Kenyan radio host Njambi Koikai has announced her intention to vie for the Dagoretti South Parliamentary seat in the August 9 General Election.Koikai, who hails from the area, says she has firsthand experience with the constituency’s harsh living conditions and, as a result, has developed a natural sense of community and service.
“Growing up in Dagoretti, I experienced the harsh living conditions in our community due to lack of resources. The spirit of community and service to others was instilled in me at an early age because we had to take care of each other as family, neighbors and friends,” wrote Njambi in a lengthy Instagram post Monday.
“We have faced numerous challenges as a community due to lack of proper healthcare, inadequate security and basic amenities. People in Dagoretti South aspire to live a better life for themselves and their children,” she said.
She went on to say that she wants to improve the people of Dagoretti South’s social and economic situation.
“Living in this community has shaped my values and the direction of my life. This has encouraged me to work for my community to improve the social and economic status of our people by working together,” she added.
‘Kazi kwa vijana na kina mama,’ ‘pesa kwa biashara,’ ‘uboreshaji wa maji,’ and ‘uboreshaji wa afya’ are some of the key pillars Koikai has identified to guide her in her service as Dagoretti South MP.
Koikai has said she plans to run as an independent candidate.
She spent two years in the United States undergoing treatment for endometriosis, and came back to Kenya in January 2021 and has been on a journey of self-reflection.
Njambi ran a successful online fundraising campaign that enabled her to meet the cost of treatment in the US and, even as she slowly integrates back to her routine, she remains grateful to the people who helped throughout her medical journey.
“I am so thankful to all the amazing people who supported me through my fundraiser, as without their support, I would not have been able to receive the life-changing surgery,” Njambi told a local daily.
Endometriosis is a condition in which the layer of tissue that normally covers the inside of the uterus, grows outside it, most often on the ovaries, fallopian tubes and tissue around the uterus and ovaries causing pelvic pain.