When Kefa Agoka threw himself on the street at Nairobi’s Lucky Summer in Ruaraka on Wednesday and blocked President Uhuru Kenyatta’s official vehicle, his leaders were surprised.
The head of state was touring the newly built slaughterhouse in the area when Mr. Agoka did the unthinkable.
In the ensuing confusion captured on camera, the president’s outsiders and a police officer rushed to pull Mr. Agoka out of the way as president and watched the drama from a distance.
The move came just days after another man, who had not yet been identified, tried to contact Mr. Kenyatta when he was about to launch a new seaport berth in the county Lamu gave a speech.
Now both incidents have sparked a debate about the safety of the president.
This reporter has a father of three on Ngomongo in Ruaraka back leads to where he is now a local hero and asked him why he did such a risky thing.
“I really wanted to talk to the president about my problems. I wanted to ask him to help me secure a job, “said Mr. Agoka.
That morning, Mr. Agoka heard from his neighbors that the President was visiting the area.
< p> “I knew this was my golden opportunity to speak to him. I pray for the president every day. So I was confident enough to stop his convoy, ”he said.
In the viral video clip, Mr. Agoka is standing in a group of cheering residents at the roadside. Moments later he crashes into the path of the President’s vehicle. When his security guards stormed him, the president, who was sitting in front, intervened.
“He told them: Wachana na huyo kijana (Leave the man alone). They just pushed me to the side of the road, “he said to Nation.Africa.
” Tutaongea (we’ll talk), “the president promised him as the motorcade sped away to the cheers of the crowd. < / p>
While his goal of chatting to the head of state may have been foiled, the incident – at least in his neighborhood – brought him to the fore.
Wasn’t he fearful for his life? Not after life threw so many curveballs at him, he said.
“I don’t have a job, but I have a family to look after. I work casual on construction sites. Sometimes I stay away if I can’t take anything home for my children, “said Agoka.
When the Nation.Africa team visited him, he was wearing the same pair of rubber boots and the beige shirt that he had that day previously worn.
His wife, Lydia Bosibori, is also unemployed and is staying at home with their one year old baby, and on a good day she gets marginal jobs in the neighborhood to supplement what her husband brings home.
Like hundreds of poor Kenyans in the city’s informal settlements, the couple live in miserable conditions – in a 10 x 10 foot single room in Ngomongo. The only notable items in the room are a three-seater sofa set, a 4 foot x 6 foot bed, and a few items nde in the cooking area.
Besides a bottle of baby drink and leftover ugali, there were no signs of food in the house.
“We haven’t had electricity for a few days. The connection was cut because we couldn’t pay the bill, ”said Agoka.
Earlier this week, his son was sent home for school fees and was only allowed to return to class after the video clip appeared.
“The headmaster sympathized with me and allowed him to go back to class (on Thursday). I’m not sure how to pay the school fees, but I hope something turns out. ”
The couple could not support all three children and sent their firstborn son to life his sister in Kericho.
Sitting on the bed with his wife, their faces were weighed down with despair . Mr. Agoka hopes that Mr. Kenyatta will keep his promise to invite him for an interview.
When I asked about his skills and the type of job he is looking for, he said he studied computers before leaving dropped out of driving school due to missing school fees.
“I am ready to take any job that will help me take care of my family,” he said.