PHOTOS: ‘We’re just like you’: Rich Kenyan politicians eat at vibandas, mingle with wananchi


Kiambu Governor William Kabogo eats chapati at a local market. /COURTESY

Politicians have resorted to theatrics to woo voters with 36 days to the general election.

Unusual approaches have seen politicians buy goods at common markets, sit with children in classrooms and even eat at eateries they have not been to before.

They are doing this during ‘meet-the people’ tours in their areas or across the country, for those who can afford it.

Kiambu Governor William Kabogo interacts with sellers at a local market. /COURTESY

Kiambu Governor William Kabogo sells his agenda to boda boda riders. /COURTESY

The big questions is aren’t afraid for their safety or the quality of food they eat, since they are known to frequent larger, more reputable establishments?

President Uhuru Kenyatta, DP William Ruto, Kiambu Governor William Kabogo and Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale are some of the leaders who have taken these approaches.

Others are Uasin Gishu woman representative candidate Gladys Shollei and Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero.

Jubilee Party politicians Johnson Sakaja and Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko eat meat with President Uhuru Kenyatta at Kenyatta Market. /FILE

DP William Ruto and Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago share a meal at a local eatery. /COURTESY

Uhuru is the reason why Kenyans joke about ‘eating nyama as others stare’. In September last year, he told Opposition leader Raila Odinga to get his house in order and leave Jubilee alone.

On June 1, Shollei went to Baringo for holiday just a day after being cleared by the IEBC to vie on a Jubilee ticket.

The former judiciary chief registrar was spotted shopping at the Kabarnet open air market, on her way to Lake Bogoria Spa Report with her children.

Uasin Gishu woman representative candidate Gladys Shollei shops at the open air market in Kabarnet town, Baringo county, June 1, 2017. /JOSEPH KANGOGO

Politicians have police escorts and should be accompanied wherever they go and security should be provided for presidential candidates, their spouses and their homes.

Uhuru and Ruto have at least 200 and 45 security guards respectively, protecting them and their immediate families.

Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero interacts with city residents at the place of business. /COURTESY

Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero and DG Jonathan Mueke eat at a local eatery. /COURTESY

The President has about 100 police officers from the elite Recce Squad of the paramilitary General Service Unit. Ruto is also guarded by the same elite unit and has about 50 police officers attached to him.


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