Ganja farmer, Twitter beef… how Wajackoyah presidency would have looked like
Roots party presidential candidate George Wajackoyah and his running mate Justina Wamae have publicly fallen out for the second time in as many weeks, leaving Kenyans with wild imaginations as to what would have happened had the duo clinched the presidency.
The duo contested for the presidency in the August 2022 polls, coming home third, behind eventual winner William Ruto and second-placed Raila Odinga, and ahead of Wahiga Mwaure in the race that attracted four candidates.
But even before the dust settles on the polls, the two cannot stand each other in scenes reminiscent of the later stages of President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy William Ruto’s presidency.
Here are some of the unfortunate pointers.
1. Public spats – Signs that all was not well emerged days before the August 9 polls when Wamae suggested in a media interview that Wajackoyah was secretly supporting Raila Odinga’s presidential bid.
Not done, threatened to retaliate by supporting the other candidates in the race namely William Ruto or Wahiga Mwaure.
2. Social media beef – The animosity has since escalated to social media, with Wamae appearing a good student of William Ruto on how to publicly criticize and attack her boss on Twitter.
In her latest message, she has referred to her boss as among things, petty.
I will not respond to pettiness. But on the NON EXISTENT accomodation and car you IMAGINED you 'assisted' me with you can withdraw in your DREAMS. It is your party do what you deem fit, I will soldier on. #justinawamae
— JUSTINA WAMAE (@justinawamae) August 22, 2022
3. Pettiness – Speaking of pettiness, Wajackoyah takes the lead. A married man with grown kids and a distinguished legal career to boot, he’s publicly told the world he bought his running mate a car and offered her accommodation during the electioneering period. In exchange for what? we will never know. Was it necessary? Time will tell. Now picture the two handling their differences as a sitting President and Deputy.
4. Snubbing the debate – Even when the two appeared to be on talking terms, one couldn’t help but notice a difference in ideology. In one such instance, Wamae turned up and participated in the Deputy presidential debate, and put up a good show while at it.
Only for Wajackoyah to snub the Presidential debate a week later on grounds the event organizers had looked down on him by denying him a chance to debate William Ruto and Raila Odinga (who also snubbed the debate).
5. Public Insults – Like former president Mwai Kibaki and retiring Head of State Uhuru Kenyatta, Wajackoyah appears to be someone who occasionally shoots from the hip.
During the campaign period, for example, he blasted religious leaders in not-so-rosy words after they questioned his manifesto. He also referred to Jalang’o, a comedian come politician, born Felix Odiwuor, in extreme words. “Jalang’o is a cerelac kid. I am old enough to be his father and since he has mentioned my name I hope he comes up short in the race for Lang’ata MP. How can you talk to your father like this?” posed Wajackoyah.
5. Ganja farmer – Even if the two had maintained a cordial relationship had they won the presidency, Kenya could still have been an interesting place to live in. Imagine the sight of bhang planted all over the Nairobi Expressway and on farms even if for commercial purposes, and harvesting hyena testicles and snake stuff?