Why Waititu represents all that is wrong with our politics

Ferdinand Waititu at the headquarters of the Jubilee Party in Nairobi on April 24, 2017 when he was an aspirant to become governor of Kiambu. PHOTO | DENNIS ONSONGO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Everyone knew Mr Waititu — a stone merchant-turned politician who could easily participate in street fights. The mobs loved him and, for that, the political elite wanted him.
  • Nobody checked his management acumen — and political parties, when approving nominations for governors, hardly care.
  • He, like Gideon Mbuvi Sonko in Nairobi, could stand over stinking trenches, mesmerise the crowds as ‘down-to-earth’ and turn physical, if it came to that.

A man who throws his family members under the bus to exonerate himself from corruption charges is one clutching at straws. And the straws gave in. Desolate. Angry. And impeached. Mr Ferdinand Waititu fought, clawed, clowned but Senate could hear none of it. The senators overwhelmingly voted to kick him out.

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