As the campaign season hits its climax, political leaders are traversing the whole country in search for votes, probably to consolidate ‘strongholds’ and convince the undecided minorities to vote for them.
Few politicians have gone the extent of speaking in other languages in order to connect with the communities they are speaking to. An example is NASA flagbearer Raila Odinga's visit to Kiambu County.
Earlier in 2017, Kenyans witnessed the naming of a new ‘Luhya Kingpin’ at the Bukhungu Stadium, presided over by COTU boss Francis Atwoli. According to Atwoli, he had taken leave just to make the event happen – announcing NASA leader Musalia Mudavadi as the community’s leader.
Leaders have taken the initiative to identify themselves with a particular community, practising their customs which includes dressing as them.
The latest entrant into this campaign strategy is Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho.
He was installed as a Kisii elder in a graceful ceremony held in Mombasa. Bosire was the name he was given as he received blessings from the elders. He was told to feel free and interact more with the Kisii community and promised to visit the county and built a hut for himself.