Growing up, it was instilled in many young boys that a man never cries, especially when in public. However, at times when things get tough or out of reprieve, even the fieriest do shed tears in public.

Here is a list of prominent Kenyan politicians who could not hold back the rivers of tears:

Kalonzo Musyoka

Kalonzo Musyoka

The Wiper party leader was captured on camera wiping tears during a press conference on 1 February 2018.

Kalonzo wept during the press briefing called by the four NASA principals to reassure Kenyans of their unity.

His tears were provoked when Raila Odinga accused the Government of targeting him after Kalonzo's home was attacked on Wednesday morning.

“Pole sana to my brother Kalonzo for the attack on your family. My brother has a sick wife. You can imagine the shock and trauma they have caused to his bedridden wife,” Raila stated.

Earlier, Musalia Mudavadi, Moses Wetangula and Kalonzo faced backlash and were labelled cowards for failing to show up at Raila Odinga’s ‘swearing-in’ at Uhuru Park on January 30.

Governor Alfred Mutua

Alfred Mutua

In 2015 during his first term in office, the governor stunned a crowd at Machakos People’s Park when he broke into tears while addressing them.

Mutua wept as he narrated to the crowd of over 2000 people of how his political detractors were out to destabilise him politically over his good cause to eradicate poverty in Ukambani.

Mutua was forced to briefly cut off his speech by the emotions as Kitui South MP Rachael Nyamai and the then Kilome MP Regina Ndambuki intervened to console him by giving him handkerchiefs to wipe his tears as the enthusiastic crowd watched in confusion.

DP William Ruto

William Ruto

After the Jubilee Party was declared winner of the 2013 general elections, DP William Ruto alongside his wife Rachel were invited to the Faith Evangelistic ministries Karen for a church service.

When summoned to the podium to speak, Ruto was overcome with emotion and broke into tears before beginning his speech.

Rachel Ruto led her emotional hubby off the stage as he wiped his tears with a white handkerchief.

After composing himself, Ruto made his way back to the podium where he told the congregation that Jubilee’s victory in the elections is what led to the tears.