University student organizations, especially the University of Nairobi Students Association (UNSA), formerly SONU, was and is still the most powerful avenue to many in the political arena.
Just like many politicians who passed through SONU and proceeded into national politics, ex-university of Nairobi economics student Dorn Anaclet , is now in the Kibra by-election race.
Unlike Embakasi East MP Babu Owino whose long stint as the SONU boss many can remember, little was known of Mr Anaclet. But he served as a congressman for two consecutive terms and later nominated to serve as a deputy speaker in SONU.
“Order! Order! Order! Babu Owino!”
That was Anaclet’s time in the chamber as speaker. Mr Owino would obey. But that was then.
, that was the now 26-year-old Anaclet with a vision of hope to residents of Kibra.
However, the 26-year-old who was orphaned at 10 years is quick to note that being in SONU is not a guarantee that one is to succeed in national politics.
“The assumption that SONU is a direct ticket to Kenyan politics is untrue, leadership comes from God,” he says.
The late immediate Kibra MP Ken Okoth, for example, did not have the experience a student leader.
Siaya senator James Orengo and former Budalangi MP Ababu Namwamba served as student leaders. Others are Nairobi senator Johnson Sakaja, Elgayo Marakwet senator Kipchumba Murkomen and Homabay Woman representative Gladys Wanga.
Is Dorn Anaclet on the right track? Your guess is good as mine.
May be a last question to the Democratic Party (DP) candidate, Dorn Anaclet,
Why do you think you are better placed for this position?
“I have been staying in Kibra for the past 16 years, I was part of Ken Okoth’s strategy team, I have been a beneficiary of community harambees. What makes you think I don’t understand the problems affecting my people?” he posed.
“My first 100 days in office shall bring change to the residents of Kibra. Watch out!”