Meet the Kenyan-Swiss MP, Peter Safari Shehe


Peter Safari Shehe

Hon. Peter Safari Shehe

Meet Peter Safari Shehe, a Kenyan-Swiss who recently vied for Member of Parliament seat for Ganze constituency on a Federal Party of Kenya Party ticket which he is also leader of and won.

Having moved to Switzerland in 1989, Peter has spent the last 24 years in Europe and worked in facility management in Lucerne and Zurich. He has 4 grown-up children who reside in Switzerland and apart from speaking Swahili and English speaks also Swiss-German and German.

He not only considers himself to be an activist but also a reformist and hopes to among other things tackle the issues of water, health, jobs and security in Ganze constituency.

The local media in Switzerland have somewhat fallen in love with his story and he has been interviewed severally as well as had a documentary made about him, highlighting his journey (see links below).

He is or might be considered by some as an example and inspiration especially to those in the diaspora harbouring thoughts of jumping onto the political band wagon back home. After having tried and failed in the 2007 elections it’s definitely a sign that persistence is key.

Below is a documentary documenting his journey before the recently concluded election and shortly thereafter.


For German/Swiss-German speakers, here is a link to an interview he gave to a Swiss Newspaper shortly after his win Tagblatt.

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Der Kenianer aus der Schweiz [The Kenyan from Switzerland]