July 25th 2017

Media / Watchdog

For Moha's political debut, public support comes in all kinds but money - which he needs

Making a transition from journalism into politics, Moha set his eyes on the Nyali seat on an ODM ticket. Last month, ODM leader Raila Odinga endorsed him for the seat. He, however, still has to win the ODM nomination, hence his fundraising needs.

By Priscillah Wanjirupwanjiru@kenyafreepress.comSaturday, 01 Apr 2017 13:38 EAT

Moha addressing an ODM rally in the past.

Celebrated investigative journalist Mohammad Ali, commonly known as ‘Moha’ or ‘Jicho Pevu’, has raised about Sh200,000 from members of the public supporting his campaign to become the MP for Nyali in Mombasa County. “We have utilised the money for making posters, T-Shirts, flyers, caps and logistics. The nominations are on 11 April, we still have costs so please keep on sending your Sh5, 10, 100, 500, 1000 and more which will help in the struggle to replace the rogues. God is great. Mbele pamoja!” the journalist said in a social media post yesterday.

One of the country’s ablest and most courageous journalists, Moha made a mark in hard-hitting investigations at KTN and NTV, unearthing such injustices like the rigging of the 2013 presidential elections. He worked often with John Allan Namu, who rendered versions of their investigative pieces in English. Moha works principally in Kiswahili.

Making a transition from journalism into politics, Moha set his eyes on the Nyali seat on an ODM ticket. Last month, ODM leader Raila Odinga endorsed him for the seat. He, however, still has to win the ODM nomination, hence his fundraising needs. That was after he had launched a public appeal for Kenyans to help him finance his campaigns, releasing an MPesa paybill number and a bank account where those willing to help would deposit their cash.

Many are the young Kenyans from across the country supporting Moha, trusting that he will transplant his courage and vibrant reasoning and presentational skills from journalism to politics. His rallies have been filled with young supporters egging him on as he takes on some the wealthiest names in Mombasa politics. The endorsement by Mr Odinga is expected to help him too.

Still, what his fundraising record shows is the limited public support for contribution to political campaigns. When he launched his appeal, some Kenyans expressed shock, believing that a top-notch journalism should be able to fund his own campaign. While Kenyans may contribute generously to social causes, such as medical bills and famine relief, they don't seem moved yet by the cause of a good politician.

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