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Tuesday, 18 Apr 2017 09:05 EATjonyando@kenyafreepress.com
Political activist Boniface Mwangi is urging Kenyans to step up and contribute to his campaign to unseat veteran politician Maina Kamanda from the Starehe parliamentary seat in Nairobi. After years struggling on the trenches, the activist launched his bid for the seat two months ago and has made significant inroads among the youth of the constituency.
Last month, Mr Mwangi launched a fundraising call on the internet. However, not many Kenyans have answered to his appeal, with only 40 people (Kenyans and non-Kenyans) having responded on the GoFundMe website, providing the campaign a little over $4,805 (Sh480,000) during the period. Mr Mwangi's target is $50,000 (Sh5 million).
It seems that notwithstanding the universal expression of desire by Kenyans for change in the country's governance, few are prepared to sacrifice their comfort and resources to realise it. Another youthful champion for human rights, journalist Mohamed Ali aka Jicho Pevu, is also facing fundraising challenges in his bid for the Nyali parliamentary seat.
Early this month, Jicho Pevu announced that he had raised only about Sh200,000 from members of the public supporting his campaign, funds that he spent on making posters, T-Shirts, flyers, caps and other campaign logistics.