Former Lamu nominated MCA Khadija Mohammed Hamid turned to vending food in the streets after losing the seat in 2017.
In a recent interview with Nation, Khadija said she ventured into the food hawking business to earn an income and help the community.
Khadija, who served as a nominated MCA from 2013 to 2017, said the business is better than being employed or being on a contract, adding that she is still interested in politics.
“After leaving the position, I started hawking food instead of seeking employment. It is better than being on contract or employed,” said Khadija.
She added: “Don’t be surprised when you see me back in parliament. I am still in politics.”
Khadija also spoke about the challenges she encountered in her new job, saying she was ridiculed as people claimed she was in financial destitution despite previously holding a lucrative political position. An MCA earns about Sh300,000 monthly.
“They look down on me but have no idea that I am making money. Every job is honorable regardless of its nature. You don’t have to work in an office, sometimes, in employment, you lose your job in an instant and you are left stranded. People undermine the type of work am doing but it pays,” she remarked.
Khadija was nominated to the Lamu County Assembly in 2013 under the ruling Jubilee Party but she lost the seat after the 2017 elections.