People usually quit their jobs as soon as they are elected to political office, but for one Nakuru County Assembly member, washing toilets remains his cherished work.
Flamingo Ward Representative Moses Gichangi, a politics first-timer, arrives at his workplace of choice on Gusii Road in Nakuru at 6am every day, and — oblivious of his new status — goes about cleaning the toilet before settling outside to spruce up his clients’ shoes.
His way of life has left his friends and foes puzzled, especially the people he serves, as many earn much less than he does.
“Why would a member of the County Assembly continue washing toilets and handing tissue paper to customers when his MCA salary enables him to lead a comfortable life?” says Mr Peterson Ruchu as his shoes are cleaned by the politician.
ROLE MODEL TO YOUTHS
But Mr Gichangi asserts that his love for cleaning shoes and toilets is in line with his vision to be a role model to the youth.
“I am a good role model to my fellow youth who quit the jobs that brought them riches once they get money, only to fall from grace to grass like a pack of cards,” says Mr Gichangi, a holder of a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.
He has worked as a toilet attendant for the last six years, during which he has been encouraging young people not to choose jobs based on their education or salary.
The toilet business started off as an environmental project for the youths but has ended up creating jobs for many.
“Before I was elected to the County Assembly, I had managed to recruit a group of 10 youths who came together and formed an environmental lobby group. We not only clean toilets but also hold clean-ups in the estates,” he says.