As Kenya’s two main presidential hopefuls vie for votes within the upcoming election, a 3rd candidate has emerged on a marketing campaign of marijuana and hyena testicles to assist clear up the nation’s financial issues.
East African’s wealthiest nation is holding an election on 9 August, with veteran opposition chief Raila Odinga and deputy president William Ruto main a decent race.
Nonetheless, reggae aficionado George Wajackoyah has emerged as a wildcard candidate, who has promised to erase the nation’s debt along with his “ganja resolution”.
Mr Wajackoyah has attracted youthful members of the voters, with many saying standard politicians have didn’t sort out corruption, inflation, and unemployment.
The grave-digger-turned-law-professor has polled at round 2% of votes, however may have a say within the election if he endorses one of many front-runners or take votes from one other.
Throughout his marketing campaign trial, he has promised to wipe out Kenya close to $70bn (£57.9bn) debt by establishing a medical hashish business and exporting animal components to China, the place he says hyena testicles are thought of a delicacy.
“I’ve created a brand new tribe, referred to as the ganja tribe,” he stated, explaining his recognition.
“These (politicians), they’ve helicopters, they’ve cash, they’ve painted vehicles. I do not actually have a single poster.”
‘The ganja resolution’
Mr Wajackoyah is a well-known determine on Nairobi’s membership scene, and native media protection of his run for the presidency has led to hypothesis that he’s backed by an even bigger marketing campaign to attempt to entice the youth vote.
Nonetheless, he has dismissed these rumours, saying that he has turned down provides of money for help from candidates.
As an alternative, he goals of smoking marijuana within the president’s workplace.
“We will go to state home and smoke it round to take away the colonial impurities,” the 62-year-old stated in his
wood-panelled workplace, sporting a do-rag and listening to a Hare Krishna prayer.
Different insurance policies on his manifesto vary from federalising the federal government and renegotiating Kenya’s debt with China to hanging individuals discovered responsible of corruption.
“We have are available in with the ganja resolution,” he stated.
A low funds marketing campaign trial
The wildcard candidate is operating on a shoestring funds, with supporters creating do-it-yourself posters that includes his snow-white beard and the slogan “Wajackoya the fifth”, referencing his bid to grow to be Kenya’s fifth president.
“If I confirmed you the amount of cash I’ve, you’d snort,” he stated.
Due to his funds, his rallies involving him arriving at markets unannounced, blaring reggae music from his automobile and pitching his candidacy to onlookers.
On Wednesday, Mr Wajakoyah’s convoy went to Gatundu, round 30km north of the capital, the place a crowd of round 400 individuals gathered.
“Each election cycle all people simply comes right here with their propaganda,” stated Jeff Mwangi, a labourer.
“If this man can do what he is really saying… we are going to go very far as a rustic.”