Anti-graft Kenyan activist runs for political office

Photojournalist-turned activist Boniface Mwangi vying for parliamentary seat in next month's general election

Anti-graft Kenyan activist runs for political office

World Bulletin / News Desk

Boniface Mwangi, a photojournalist-turned-activist, has a decade-old history of being tear-gassed, arrested and beaten by police during his fight against corruption.

The 34-year-old activist has used a number of creative ways to protest, leaving President Uhuru Kenyatta’s government with a fresh headache with every new method.

While working as a photographer in 2007, Mwangi covered post-election killings and maimings, motivating him to become an activist.

When Kenyan lawmakers called for a hefty salary increase in 2013, Mwangi organized a protest outside the parliament, where a number of pigs were used to portray the greed of Kenyan lawmakers.

He also burned 221 coffins outside the parliament building in Nairobi in protest at the parliamentarians’ bid to triple their pay.

Now he is standing in next month’s general election in Starehe, a constituency in the capital Nairobi.

“I want to bring change from within the government now as my street escapades have been successful,” he said during door-to-door campaigning on the streets of Eastleigh.

Kenyan elections have always been tainted by tribal politics and bribery but Mwangi has taken a stand against graft or even holding large-scale public rallies.

 

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