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I sold my only vehicle to pay debts – Former Woman Rep opens up on life after losing election

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I sold my only vehicle to pay debts – Former Taita Taveta Woman Rep opens up on life after losing seat

Former Taita Taveta Woman Representative Joyce Lay has disclosed details of how she was forced to sell her only car to pay debts, after losing her seat.

While responding to a story ran by a local daily on how a former Member of County Assembly (MCA) was now looking for a job as a driver, Ms Lay said she understands what the former county legislator was going through.

She went on to say that if one does not have any other source of income before joining politics, they get broke and it even gets worse if one is not re-elected.


Joyce Lay stated that if one is looking to be rich by becoming a politician, they will have to be engage in corrupt deals and stealing public funds. She then used herself as an example explaining that she had to sell her car to pay debts she borrowed to support community projects while she was a Member of Parliament.

She reiterated that she could not afford to live a good life because she was serving her people.

I will not ridicule him because if you don’t have any other income from your investments before going into politics then you become broke. It’s worse after losing a seat. You can’t get rich by being a politician not unless you steal public money and get involved in corrupt deals. When I lost I sold the only vehicle I had since 2013 in order to pay debts of money that I used to either support empowerment projects or paid school fees. I still haven’t paid them all. I couldn’t afford to live a luxurious life because I was serving people in marginalized areas,” wrote Ms Lay.

Ms Lay vied for the Taita Taveta Senatorial seat in the 2017 General Election, but lost to Jones Mwaruma


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