Felix Odiwuor aka Jalang’o, a former Kiss FM host, says he will spend between Ksh30 million and Ksh40 million on his Lang’ata parliamentary campaign.
The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party candidate indicated during an interview on Citizen TV on Friday, May 6, that the money will come from his friends and fans, adding that the wealthier contenders will have the biggest battle.
According to the media personality, the sum will cover logistics such as movements, branding, and goods purchasing.
“It is not about handouts or anything like that, but for a well-oiled campaign, it would easily cost about Ksh30 million to Ksh40 million so that you will be able to move into every single place and articulate your issues,” he stated.
However, due to the dynamic nature of the economy and the political season, he indicated that the budget fluctuates on a daily basis.
Jalang’o stated that he will not be able to raise the funds on his own, revealing that his friends and supporters have always donated to his campaigns’ funding.
“I had my fundraiser in December 2021 in which a few friends put in a good amount of money for me to start my campaigns, and from time to time I have also had support from my constituents,” he added.
He went on to say that many young politicians were at a disadvantage when it came to funding their campaigns, noting that more experienced politicians had greater resources.
“Sometimes you can budget for Ksh1 million and you find that the money has risen to over Ksh10 million. So it keeps on fluctuating every single day but politics is an expensive affair,” he stated.