Viral photo of Senator Karen Nyamu smoking weed a few years back
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Nominated Senator Karen Nyamu has finally addressed the scenario surrounding her viral photo where she was seen smoking weed while surrounded by a bunch of guys.

Years back while while actively campaigning and trying to claw her way into the political ladder, a photo of the now mother of 3 with a blunt in her fingers was leaked online.

The photo created a lot of buzz online but Karen chose to remain deaf to everything being said.


Now, she's finally addressing the moments that led to that infamous photo.

While speaking to YouTuber Ala C the politician maintained she'd never smoked before that day as she highlighted the reasons that pushed her to try a puff.

"There was a picture of you in a place where there was a lot of smoke. As a leader is that part of leadership? Where if you go somewhere and find people doing something, you must also do it?" The host asked


To which Karen replied by saying; 

“First of all, I don’t smoke weed. I have never smoked it, I am not a weed smoker myself, and I don’t do any drugs.

On that day, we were at a football tournament in Ziwani, and the young men there were smoking weed – the cheap ten-bob variety. They urged me to join in, saying, ‘Mhesh, piga moshi, piga moshi moja, mhesh.'” started off the Senator.

Senator Karen Nyamu smiling
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She further explained why she chose not to castigate them for their actions and instead joined them.

"Will you let the maboyz and instead start preaching to them? Ati you tell them Jesus said.. they will see like you are stupid. Sio lazima uinhale. Just in the mouth then you exhale, unatoa

If you tell them to follow a different path, they won’t listen. They lack opportunities and resort to these vices. Hizi vitu chorea, hizi vitu haziwezi ukiwakashifu

By sharing that moment, I could communicate with them at their level and gain their trust," Miss Nyamu said defending her actions on that day. 

Addressing the backlash received from a section of Kenyans over setting a wrong image, the Senator had quite a mouthful to say;


“I would tell such people that if you judge your own children, you might not be the best person to talk to that child.

I am in a better position because I don’t judge people. I’m speaking my truth, and that’s what I believe. Although the incident made headlines and the Nairobi County Assembly summoned me, the story eventually died down.”

While acknowledging that her actions might have been inappropriate for a public servant, she clarified that the MCA who initiated the motion against her later changed his perception of her upon meeting in person.

"That MCA who brought that motion he was the leader of the opposition at the time, a very fiery MCA.

We never met but when he did he was like 'kumbe we ni dame mtrue hivo, he thought I was a mtiaji ati he will show me, but he changed his mind when he met me," the Senator hilariously said. 

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