Politicians ditching suits for casual wear

By Vincent Kejitan and Kelley Boss | 3 months ago

They often dress up in suits to live up to the ‘Mheshimiwa’ tag but of late, politicians have dressed down a bit, perhaps in a bid to appeal to the youth.

Unlike yesteryears when they would show up for events in black suits and ties, the current crop of leaders has taken a more laidback approach, well, 2022 must be lingering at the back of their minds and it is a no-brainer that some want to endear themselves to the young.

Not all though, the likes of Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho and his Kilifi counterpart Amason Kingi have always had ‘drip’, rocking well-known brands over the years.

On Wednesday, ODM leader Raila Odinga also joined the bandwagon by getting a pair of sneakers from a local store, much to the delight of his supporters.

Baba credited two young men with the precious gift as he said he has reserved the ‘biggest room for the youth’.

Online, several screenshots popped up regarding the actual price of the pair of shoes and whether they were knock-offs.

His daughter Winnie Odinga quickly calmed the storm by saying the shoes were mitumba and did not cost Sh351,000 as claimed by one netizen.

Raila Odinga [Courtesy]

That aside, below we have sampled politicians who have ditched the suit for a more casual look and they nailed it!

Hassan Joho

Drip is forever they say and Joho does not disappoint when it comes to fashion. From head to toe, he is spot on.

To the ever dapper-looking governor, price tags are part of the embroidery.

Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho [Courtesy]

Styled as '001' or 'Sultan' by his followers and constituents, Governor Joho on January 6 upped the Versace battle by unleashing a black, perfect fit t-shirt estimated to cost Sh55,000 while on a trip abroad.

Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho [Courtesy]

Mike Sonko

Though currently out in the cold, the former Nairobi Governor has an expensive taste. You might remember when he was unceremoniously arrested in Taita Taveta in 2019, and airlifted to Nairobi for his day in court, his march to the dock was nothing short of drama.

However, what got Kenyans on social media talking was that he was arrested while spotting a tropical, logo print Versace t-shirt.

Torn in the melee, the t-shirt from the Italian luxury fashion house cost $531 (Sh53,000), according to global fashion website, Ikrix.

While the jury is still out there on whether the cotton crew neckpiece was designed for the female gender, Sonko embodies everything Versace.

Former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko [Courtesy]

Amason Kingi

Class is permanent and Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi is the perfect embodiment of this statement. He rocks Versace for fun and his sense of style is simple but elegant.

Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi [Courtesy]

George Theuri

Embakasi West MP George Theuri or Swagmaster as some of his peers call him loves to look good, and you cannot fault him, having previously worked as a hawker selling second-hand clothes at Mutindwa market.

From rugged jeans to designer t-shirts, branded caps and trendy shoes, Theuri simply wears what makes him happy and he looks good while at it.

Embakasi West MP George Theuri [Courtesy]

Mugambi Mark aka Ronaldo

Umoja 1 MCA Mark Mugambi, popularly known to his peers as Ronaldo, is one of the youngest MCAs in the Nairobi County Assembly but his sense of fashion stands out. A lover of smart-casual, Ronaldo’s style is impressive and although he does not go over the top to impress, his combinations tick all the boxes.

Mark Mugambi aka Ronaldo [Courtesy]
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