Former Taita Taveta Woman Representative Joyce Lay’s life outside parliament has not been easy.
Going by her latest admission, she became broke after losing her senatorial bid in Taita Taveta in the 2017 elections.
Joyce laid bare her current financial situation while commenting on the story by the Daily Nation of former Ichagaki Ward MCA Joseph Njogu, who used all his resources to finance the 2017 elections but failed.
Broke Ngoju told Nation he was looking for a job as a driver at Muranga County Assembly.
Joyce said, “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.”
In a series of tweets, she disclosed that she was forced to sell her only vehicle to pay debts of money after losing the 2017 elections.
“I still haven’t paid them all. I couldn’t afford to live a luxurious life because I was serving people in marginalized areas.
“I use Uber to move around the city. Though I don’t regret anything,” she added.
She revealed she would contribute up to Ksh200,000 every weekend to remain relevant on the ground, which she attributes to her current financial debts.
Joyce also disclosed that she recently put up her apartment for sale to enable her to invest in a business.
“It hasn’t sold yet so I borrowed another loan from a bank to fund the business. Lucky, I had a guarantor so it helped,” she noted, adding that politicians who depend on their salary and not proceeds from corruption automatically become broke after losing a seat.
“When you depend on your salary then becoming broke after losing a seat is normal,” the former legislator decried.