Former Redykyulass comedian wins in Jubilee primaries after defeating incumbent MP

Former Redkyulass comedian John Kiarie, popularly known as KJ, has won Dagoretti South Jubilee ticket for the position of MP.

Mr Kiarie, who garnered 9, 793 votes in the primaries held on Wednesday, April 26, beat the incumbent legislator Dennis Waweru, who garnered 9, 051 votes, in results announced Thursday, April 27 by Constituency Returning Officer Amos Ngaira at the Kinyanjui Primary School tallying center.

KJ had had, twice, unsuccessfully sought to be a legislator in the 2007 and 2013 general elections.

In 2013, he lost to Dagoretti North MP, Simba Arati, in the ODM primaries.

In 2007, KJ, who was an ODM candidate, lost to PNU’s Beth Mugo for the seat of Dagoretti MP.

He would later file a petition at the High Court calling for the nullification of Mugo’s win, but his application was dismissed in September, 2008 for lack of sufficient evidence.

After the two unsuccessful attempts to become MP, on ODM ticket, KJ decamped to Jubilee Party in February, 2016.

KJ rose to fame as a comedian in the programme Redykyulass. Redykyulass was a popular comedy show which aired on local television stations early 2000s.

The key acts were: Walter Mong’are who played former President Moi, John Kiarie; the late Mama Lucy Kibaki and Tony Njuguna; who played the immediate former president Mwai Kibaki.

Walter Mong’are, in a past interview on Citizen TV, revealed how the three came up with the concept which would later sweep the airwaves.

“It was one of those beautiful accidents. We were in the middle of the cultural week at Kenyatta University and the program was a little bit running behind schedule. We were short of performances and Tony then was the head of the culture centre.

“We said why don’t we do something in the mean time to close the gap as we wait for the next item? And that’s how Redkyulass came about,” said Walter.

The group later disbanded and the three members embarked on their personal ventures, with KJ plunging into politics and Mong’are moving to radio.



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