Legendary Inooro FM presenter eyes Women Rep Position

This election year has seen many members of the fourth estate (journalism) ditch their careers for a shot at politics.

Gathoni Wa Mũchomba

Now Komothai-born media personality Gathoni Wa Mũchomba is trying her hand at politics. Gathoni who is known for her work at Kameme FM and Inooro FM is running for the position of a Woman Representative in Kiambu County.

But her journey to the top has not been easy as she came from a very humble background that was compounded by the fact that her father was an undependable drunkard with a huge family.

“I was born and brought up in Komothai, Githũnguri in a family of four and a stepfamily of 11.My dad was an irresponsible drunkard who cared very little for the family. Mum worked as a casual labourer to feed all of us. Our school was very far as we used to walk 13 Kms to and from school. On top of that, we used to draw water on our way from school from a river.” She revealed in a media interview with The Standard Newspaper in 2009.

But lucky for her fate was on her side as when she was in University , a lecturer by the name Mary Ngechu noted the potential in her and offered her a job in ‘Radio Listeners Group’ where she created content for a show that aired on KBC.

When she was in the fourth year of university, she got a job at the then newly launched Kameme F.M where she hosted a show called ‘Canjamuka’ (meaning ‘Get Lively’) .A show which made her the most beloved and popular vernacular radio host at that time.

Later, she joined Inooro FM which is owned by Royal Media Services after its Chairman SK Macharia noticed her talents and hired her after tripling her salary. She worked there for 3 years before flying out of the nest and starting the Smart Media College in Nairobi before founding a digital vernacular television channel called Utugi TV that catered for farmers.

And now, 17 years after shooting to stardom, she is pursuing a political seat under the Jubilee Party Ticket.


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