Kenyans are waking up every morning to news about the stunts being pulled by politicians in this highly-charged electioneering season.
Just recently, Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko caused a stir on social media after sharing a video of his supporters trading in Orange Democratic Movement party merchandise in favour of those of the Jubilee administration.
The flamboyant politician who commands a huge following especially in the informal settlements thanks to his charity work with residents, was elected by supporters from both sides of the political divide when he vied for Senator back in 2013.
In the clip that has gone viral, Sonko who is vying in the hotly-contested Nairobi gubernatorial race, is seen converting ODM supporters into his own by handing them T-shirts and caps bearing his name.
The Senator is right in the mix and is heard talking to the excited crowd, as the activities unfold. The residents of the unidentified neighbourhood clad in orange tees are given white shirts bearing the aspirant’s campaign message.
Speaking on the move through his official Facebook page, Sonko says he just wanted to bring together his voters despite their being members of different political outfits.
“Do you think my fans in NASA strongholds should defect to jubilee or remain in NASA? I believe siasa sio vita or uadui that’s why I can’t allow mtu kuchoma t.shirts ya chama ingine. ONE KENYA ONE LOVE” He posted.
His supporters however couldn’t agree on whether Sonko’s supporters belonging to the National Super Alliance (NASA) should cross over and join the ruling coalition.
Below is a sample of the comments:
Gerald Maina King’ori: Let people choose their leaders based on ideologies and not parties affiliations
Jossie Josphine: I think those jamaa were bought the odm t-shirts n caps n it was arranged watazitoa halafu wapewe za jubilee kuonyesha eti wamehama..hapa kuna kaungo but ni sawa Sonko ndaaaniii
Mercy George: True. Wonder why one should think of burning of T-shirts while their are wearing torn ones. I take everything given during campaign as a gift and they do help alot. T-shirts and kangas to umbrella they are of use in society
Jared Obonyo: Leave nasa people alone.wee tafuta zako. Bado utashinda.
Meanwhile, Mike Sinko has gone full throttle in his campaigns with only days before the highly-anticipated Jubilee nominations in Nairobi which was moved from Friday to Monday, April 24.
Here’s the video: