Some Kenyan politicians have deserted their luxurious life whereas on the marketing campaign path, turning to cleansing bathrooms, chopping greens and making tea in a bid to woo voters within the build-up to the 9 August basic election.
One of many politicians who has entertained Kenyans probably the most is Polycarp Igathe, who donned a model new general, boots and gloves, earlier than grabbing a mop and washing bucket to wash public bathrooms within the capital, Nairobi.
He spent lower than 20 seconds mopping a bathroom, whereas cleaners regarded on in amusement.
“For a very long time it has been thought of soiled work however that is accountable work,” the bespectacled Mr Igathe mentioned.
Rest room cleaners within the metropolis typically use previous mops and buckets to wash amenities which can be typically stinking.
Mr Igathe – who’s working for the celebrated submit of governor of Nairobi – has additionally been pictured washing automobiles, DJing and serving alcohol in night time golf equipment.
His antics had some folks joking that he ought to come and baby-sit and do home chores for them.
Mr Igathe was the county’s deputy governor underneath Mike Sonko, however resigned lower than a 12 months after taking workplace saying he had didn’t earn the governor’s belief to administrate.
Political analysts say these public relations stunts are well-known to the voters and are unlikely to affect voters.
Mr Igathe’s essential challenger is Nairobi senator Johnson Sakaja. He too has not been shy of gimmicks, sharing images of himself shopping for fish from roadside distributors, and tomatoes and onions from the market relatively than grocery store.
Mr Sakaja has been the senator for Nairobi since 2017 and that is his first try at working for governor.
Nairobi resident Anne Wambui quipped that politicians have no idea the place the markets are positioned till campaigns start.
“We’re struggling to outlive on this metropolis but somebody who retailers in costly locations involves faux to know us when they need our vote,” she advised the BBC.
Kimilili MP Didmus Barasa has been making an attempt to woo voters by driving on motorcycle taxis, abandoning his luxurious automobile.
He additionally climbed right into a wheelbarrow that was positioned on prime of his automobile. The wheelbarrow is his get together image and has been used to enchantment to younger enterprising Kenyans.
Mr Barasa has additionally been pictured taking tea with locals in a mud-walled lodge.
Different images present him utilizing a three-stone conventional fireplace place to make tea for a 67-year-old widow albeit nonetheless sporting his fancy leather-based footwear.
He didn’t win over everybody with these scenes of domesticity, garnering some impolite feedback on social media.
Former senator Boni Khalwale who’s once more working once more in Kakamega, western Kenya, needed to show his road credentials by choosing a roadside polish of his footwear.
He sat consuming roasted maize whereas ready for them to be cleaned.
He captioned the picture “Kazi ni Kazi”, a Swahili phrase that means “Each hustle issues”.
Mr Khalwale’s stunt additionally outraged some folks on social media, as soon as once more proving such antics don’t at all times work.
Embakasi West MP George Theuri posted images of himself strolling barefoot on the streets captioning them: “Loving each second in my neighbourhood”.
Mr Theuri additionally wore shorts within the images prompting one in all his followers to remark, “It takes a sophisticated form of idiocy to imagine such politicians.”
5 months in the past senator Isaac Mwaura went to nice size’s to get his get together’s ticket to run as an MP in Nairobi by serving to distributors chop greens.
Mr Mwaura mentioned he was making an attempt to know the struggles of small companies in his Ruiru constituency within the capital.
“Sadly… you did not know mama and baba mboga [vegetable vendors] existed till now. It took the dawning of an election 12 months to be woke up to this actuality,” one individual posted on social media.
In the end it didn’t assist the politician as he didn’t be nominated and won’t be on the poll come Tuesday.
Daniel Elton, senior editor at Wahu Times, writes about politics and policy with a focus on climate advocacy. Daniel previously at the New Republic and, and Self. Daniel can be reached by email.