As the country heads to an electioneering period, one of the ways politicians seek to sustain their campaigns is by having a financial war chest to enable them to traverse the campaign trail.
With this in mind, one Nyeri-based journalist who has decided to throw his hat in the ring organised a fundraiser to top up his campaign finances as he embarks on a charm offensive mission to woo voters in a ward in Lamu County.
With the hope of raising at least Sh200,000 to help him crisscross the vast ward, he invited close friends and colleagues in Nyeri.
However, the young aspirant was in for a rude shock when out of the 50 supporters he expected to attend, only three turned up.
According to the journalist, he had booked a hall, in addition to opening a Lipa na Mpesa account to help him consolidate funds before he goes home to advance his political ambitions. The invitation card said guests would be treated to a tea and snacks evening session to help in fundraising for his 2022 campaign kitty.
The event took place on Monday, December 13 at a Nyeri hotel. Despite forwarding the post to his friends and various WhatsApp groups, they not only failed to turn up, but they also never bothered to send their apologies.
“Prior to the fundraiser date, I had sent reminder messages to my friends and they promised that we were together. This prompted me to arrive early at the venue to ensure everything was in order,” he said.
“The first person arrived some minutes to 6 pm where two others arrived at 7:30 pm when I had lost hope that they would join in,” he told The Nairobian.
He further disclosed that out of his target, he only got Sh500 from one attendee while others promised to send later. His Lipa na Mpesa account has since generated a paltry Sh6,000.
“I was expectant that the funds would assist me to at least cater for transport as I move from one village to another endearing myself to the masses. At about 9 pm when I was sure that no one else would join me, I retreated back home with a heavy heart,” he added.
The young politician now says he has learned an important life lesson.
“We don’t lose friends. We just learn who the real ones are,” he avers.
The former presenter decried that even the master of ceremony did not turn up for the event and did not explain why he could not make it.
“He is a person well known to me and that is why I had selected him to be the master of ceremony but he did not turn up and I have not seen him a week later,” he revealed.
However, he says despite the hiccup, he will still soldier on with his aspirations, adding that he will conduct door to door campaigns that will not require a lot of money.
“It hit me below the belt but it will not affect my mission,” he concluded.