A viral photo of a man from Umoja who resembles President Uhuru Kenyatta has been a topic of discussion on social media for days now, and now, the president’s “brother” has spoken.
During an interview with Inooro TV, Michael Njogo Gitonga says the fame is a blessing in disguise although it comes with its challenges.
The father of three says he cannot walk freely outside without people asking him for handouts.
“I cannot walk outside of this estate without people asking me for handouts. It confuses me because I’m confused as to why I look like President Kenyatta; it is very unusual,” Njogo reported.
According to him, people around his neighborhood in Nairobi’s Umoja estate call him Uhuru or ‘Uhunye.’
“Sometimes, I meet people who tell me that they have not had anything to eat and being ‘Uhunye’, I have to give them some money. In fact, that name has really made me suffer,” said the man who has been working as a mason until Coronavirus happened.
He also runs a bar that has consequently stalled as per the directives of the government to contain the virus.
Njogo who has never physically interacted with any member of the Kenyatta family says that should he get a chance to meet the president, he would ask him if they are brothers.
Apparently, some many years back, his mother worked as a security guard in Gatundu, Njogo’s only link to this country boss’s hometown.
Njogo hopes that some day, he will get to learn the truth of his paternity as his late mother was the only one with the details.