Sakaja, Igathe excite KOT with post-election bromance
From trading unpleasant words at each other to having tea and sharing laughs together, Nairobi governor-elect, Johnson Sakaja and his rival Polycarp Igathe have proven that there are no permanent enemies when it comes to politics.
This is after Sakaja shared pictures capturing the two engaged in a friendly conversation at a restaurant.
“Wonderful conversation and laughs with my brother @polyigathe this afternoon. Amesema ni #Naitunavyoitaka,” Sakaja tweeted.
Mr Sakaja, who vied on a UDA ticket, was declared the winner by Nairobi County Returning Officer Albert Gogo in the concluded election after garnering 699,392 votes against Igathe’s 573,518 votes.
Mr Igathe has since conceded defeat and congratulated Mr Sakaja for the win, asking him to now work for the Nairobi residents.
During the gubernatorial debate the two went head-to-head as they discredited each other. Mr Igathe defended his decision to quit his position as deputy governor saying that he was not comfortable being paid a salary for doing nothing. The issue of quitting had been used by his competitors to show that is unfit for the position.
While Mr Sakaja’s critics would bring up the issue of his academic credentials.
— Johnson Arthur Sakaja (@SakajaJohnson) August 18, 2022
Here is how Kenyans on Twitter (KOT) reacted to this new development:
“Manze this is so inspiring @SakajaJohnson @polyigathe I can see a very bright future of upcoming young leaders thanks to the two of you who have shown that it is possible. You can differ in opinions but you can never disintegrate the society. Definitely, Nairobi is safe hands,” tweeted @TonnyMuigai.
“Juu tunataka Nairobi ifanye kazi inavyofaa .Kudos sir.. This is the peace we should embrace. Come together unite our ideas for the sake of the common mwananchi. It’s not always about me but us,” @FiechCRetsam said.
“I salute the two of you. We need this kind of leadership. You both recognize that you were not enemies, just competitors. Igathe was gracious in defeat, Sakaja was magnanimous. The Former PM Raila Odinga should follow Igathe’s example. We’re all Kenyans regardless of who wins,” @NahashonKimemia wrote.
“You guys can be a force to reckon with should you ever decide to work together,” @quikoey said.
“This kind of mature politics is healthy for our nation wellbeing,” @Samko_Autos said.