On August 9th, President Uhuru and First Lady Margret Kenyatta showed up to cast their votes for a successor in the state house race. President Kenyatta voted at around 9 am, Mutomo Primary School in Gatundu South, Kiambu while First Lady Margret voted at St. Mary’s School polling station in Lavington.
While others questioned why both voted at different polling stations while accompanying each other, what raised eyebrows was the navy blue GANT jackets they were wearing. Both wore expensive quilted windcheater jackets estimated to cost $190 (Shs. 26,678). The jacket is made entirely out of polyester.
Margret Kenyatta wore the jacket while voting and at Mutomo Primary School, it was Kenyatta wearing the jacket, and Margret had a different jacket. It is yet unclear whether the two shared a jacket or each had their own.
The ballot day comes with a lot of patriotism with Kenyan citizens showing up very early in the morning to cast their vote while wearing Kenyan regalia tracksuits. What caught the attention of netizens on election day was a man standing in a queue in a towel. Some said that perhaps, he showed up early to vote.
The man’s name is Erick Kilonzo and he was voting at Mlolongo Phase 3 polling station. The towel man dismissed claims of fame chasing. In an interview, he told Kenyans that he was in a towel because his clothes were still wet that early morning since he had planned to travel to Ukambani after voting.
He further clarified that the polling station was just a stone’s throw away and he decided to take the risk and vote early in a towel.
Another man left Kenyans in laughter after a Royal Media Services reporter asked him what his opinion was on the elections. The man amused Kenyans with his bold and straightforward decline to comment on the voting process.
He took a long pause before figuring out a response and said, “Kulingana na mimi, sina maoni (in my opinion, I have nothing to say.)”
His response on live TV left Citizen’s Chemutai Goin and others queuing the line in stitches and soon, the man was trending.
Elsewhere, a man voting at Kisumu in Karanda Primary School showed up early in the queue while eating a loaf of bread. He now refers to himself as Boflo man, perhaps trying to replicate 2017’s, githeri man.