The first job he got after university was to run a workshop in Kericho where he had to ply every morning from Nakuru. He didn’t however like the job and left it just 3 months down the line. He then joined Keroche Industries in Naivasha but he again held the job for four months before throwing in the towel.
For the next 4-5 months, Victor Warutere Ngatia was unemployed and he stayed at home pondering his next move. That was until a mzungu called him from Nairobi and offered him a job at KUNLE. He considers this the big break that eventually led him into his present career.
Early years and schooling
Born in Shabab Estate in Nakuru in 1978, Victor joined YMCA nursery school before joining Mama Ngina Primary school in Shabab. For his high school, he joined Basket Ball legends, Nyeri Baptists School before joining the University of Nairobi in 1998.
At the university, he studied Environmental and Biological Engineering from where he graduated in 2003.
Getting into logistics
His career in logistics started when he joined KUNLE. The first challenge he had to deal with was to ensure that flowers got to the airport in time thus saving the company millions of shillings. He was able to prove himself and earned a promotion to a transport manager.
After a year and a half with the firm, Engineer Victor Ngatia was trained in sea freight for a period of four months by the company and he worked there until 2008 when he resigned to get into politics.
“After the 2007-2008 Post-election violence, I decided to get into politics which I saw as a platform to positively change lives,” says Ngatia.
Family, Business and Politics
“However, to get money to finance my entry into politics, he started a logistics firm targeting small companies that he registered in 2009 with his wife as co-director,” adds the soft-spoken Engineer who has however made a career in logistics.
Victor is married with two kids and he spends his time between Nairobi where his business is situated and Nakuru which is his home and where he has political ambitions.
In 2013, Victor made his debut in politics when he vied for a parliamentary seat in the newly created Nakuru West constituency which was over-crowded with aspirants on a Kenya National Congress (KNC) ticket. He, however, lost to the incumbent Samuel Arama of ODM.
Victor has not given up on his political aspirations and will still be trying his luck in the seat on a Jubilee ticket. For some time, there were rumours that he would go for the gubernatorial seat with some of his friends and supporters urging him on but he has made up his mind to try the Nakuru Town West seat once more.