Jonathan Meijo’s choice to contest a parliamentary seat in 2022 is sending shivers to the hardest of hearts in Kajiado South.
As the clock ticks ahead of next year’s general election, Meijo is basking on the support of the youth who want a new style of leadership. With almost a dozen entrants into the race for the Kajiado South parliamentary seat, Meijo says he racing with the people and not alone.
“Let them come in dozens so that we can give the people of this constituency an opportunity to select from the best,” said Meijo in an interview. Meijo spoke days after governor Joseph ole Lenku told the people of Kajiado South to respect all the leaders including those seeking elective positions.
2017 General Election
The politician was among former governor David Nkedianye’s foot soldiers in the search for votes in Kajiado South in the 2017 general election and delivered more than 21, 000 votes against Governor Joseph Lenku’s 23,000 votes.
The soft-spoken civil servant-turned-politician has a wealth of experience and knowledge one would want to listen to. He is a focused individual who can get what he wants anywhere and at any time.
The Oloitokitok High School alumni is working with small groups of people from the various group ranches and urban areas in Kajiado South for next year’s general election that has attracted eight other candidates.
Coming from the upper belt of Loitokitok, Meijo says he is a farmer and a business person like most of the people around him home, and resonate well with the day to day hustle that they all face.
“I am focused and guided by the interests of the people of Kajiado south. I am willing to learn from the people before us and master the ropes of this game. Please watch this space, the people of Kajiado South know pretty well what they want in a leader and I believe I fit the bill,” said Meijo in a short interview.
He went on: “I believe the people of Kajiado South constituency are not interested in candidates who are joyriding on the influence of gubernatorial candidates but will scrutinise and interrogate their capabilities independently and elect an effective team of leaders to represent them in various elective positions”.
When asked what motivated him to vie, Meijo said it is in the interest of his people, adding that he believes he can effectively represent them in the august House and deliver a piece of the National cake.
He also believes he can fit well the shoes of the outgoing MP, Katoo ole Metito, whom he termed “a political giant” owing to the positions he held and having been elected in four consecutive elections. This is not a mean achievement, he said.
Meijo believes education is not the basis for one to be elected to represent people but a necessary ingredient for effective representation. He said the youth of Kajiado South wouldn’t want to chance to waste five years just to elect one based on the euphoria of gubernatorial force but will elect a person who understands their plight.
“The voters of Kajiado South want a leader who practically does things and understands the many challenges the youth face ranging from unemployment, lack of recognition and lack of clear empowerment programs to build on their skills,” said Meijo. He also says he believes that a leader is a servant and must be a good listener.
When we asked about his preferred political alliance, Meijo said he is watching keenly the national politics and reading every development with a toothpick to determine his future political affiliations.
Meijo appeared to be holding his cards close to his chest. To him, the future is promising and he sounded firm on his course to represent the people of Kajiado South.
Meijo grew up just like any other village boy in his Entarara home in Loitokitok in Kajiado South before enlisting at a local primary school.
Meijo, who has just announced his candidature in Kajiado South 2022 parliamentary race, was an average pupil in discipline and classwork throughout his education at Entarara Primary School, according to some of those who were in school together with him.
On completing his primary education, young Meijo, who was one of the brightest students was admitted at Oloitokitok Boys High School after his final exams at Entarara Primary School.
Later, on completing his high school education, Meijo joined the University of Nairobi for his undergraduate course – Bachelor of Commerce (Finance option) degree.
After attaining his first degree, Meijo returned to UoN for his Master of Administration (Supply Chain Management) course.
The politician’s hunger for more education and the love for books, at his young age, forced him to register for a PhD after completing his masters.
Currently, a PhD candidate – in Operations Management – at the UoN, Meijo is working on his thesis – Tendering Strategies, Stakeholders involvement, Project performance and service delivery in flagship water projects in Kenya -.
He is a certified public accountant, CPA (K), a certified secretary, CPS (K), and certified investment and financial analyst (Section 5), a member of the licensed procurement practitioners of Kenya (KISM), a registered member of the institute of certified public accountants of Kenya (ICPAK) and the institute of certified secretaries of Kenya (ICSK).
Meijo has served a total of 22 years in various positions in the former Olkejuado County Council and the County Government of Kajiado. He was the director of supply chain management at the County Government of Kajiado between 2013 and 2017.
From 2007 and 2008, Meijo was a senior procurement officer In charge of the Olkejuado County Council.
Before that, Meijo had earlier served as an administrative officer in charge of the Namanga division and divisional revenue clerk in Ngong from 2004 to 2007. Between 1999 and 2004, Meijo was the council’s clerical officer/market master.
The politician, who has announced his grand entry to Kajiado South parliamentary politics in 2022, also served as Co-operative Bank delegate, Kajiado County from 2012 to 2016. He also served as treasurer at Olkaunsel Sacco from 2004 to 2016.
As a member of Oloitokitok Secondary Christian Union Chairman 1997, Meijo introduced many of his fellow students to the way of Christianity. Those who associate with him claim he is a good listener, humble, easy, strong debater and with valuable negotiation skills.
“Meijo doesn’t believe being rich can make one a leader but to him, leadership is more of a calling for one to sacrifice his comfort to help others and that is his core drive,” according to his former classmate at the University of Nairobi, who preferred to remain anonymous.