“The Woman in Maina Kageni finally comes out!”, wrote one social media user.
This after the radio presenter announced that he will be on the ballot in August battling it out with Rachel Shebesh and Esther Passaris for the Nairobi Women Rep.
The Classic 105 FM presenter made the startling announcement on social media yesterday in a video announcement.
“For more than 10 years I have sat on air and addressed issues that regard women in Kenya, it started as a joke that I need to run for women Representative. Initially, I didn’t take them seriously but I realized the demand was real, after much thought, consideration and consultation with Nairobi’s women, electorate, I have decided that this is the time to make a move,” says Maina in the video.
Watch the video above, in which Maina also showcases ‘fake’ clearance papers from IEBC and registrar of parties allowing him to run for office as an independent candidate.
According to article 97 of the Constitution of Kenya, the elective position of Woman Rep is a preserve for female candidates – and that the IEBC cannot clear men to vie for that post, and if it does, the electoral referee will be in breach of the Constitution.
The shocking pronouncement, whether a publicity stunt or a prank, has attracted wild reactions from Kenyans on social media.
We have sampled some from Kenyans on Twitter.
Lol. What’s wrong with this Maina Kageni guy 😂 pic.twitter.com/fkGxyZ75lp
— Boniface Gitau (@iGitz_) June 7, 2017
That face When you hear Maina Kageni is vying for Nairobi women rep seat 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/lP3h6qLj4w
— Kelvin Kalz (@Kelvinkalz2) June 7, 2017
When you hear Maina Kageni has been cleared by @IEBCKenya to vie for Nairobi women rep and it’s not April 1st pic.twitter.com/ZqpSm6sCKm
— Eric (@RICASTLEY) June 7, 2017
Maina Kageni running for women rep would be ideal…umama ndio amejaa nayo.Apewe pads nitalipa!
— Kenipedia (@KennDanaus) June 7, 2017
I saw Maina Kageni trending and was like damn, at last this senior bachelor has decided to walk down the aisle. KUMBE NI UPUZI
— DOMINIC NDAGO (@ndaGod) June 7, 2017
The Woman in Maina Kageni finally comes out!😂 pic.twitter.com/HuDteNzXI5
— JOE MUHAHAMI (@Muhahami) June 7, 2017
Maina Kageni, women Rep 2017……… pic.twitter.com/vo0v55PTwW
— Sheila Kanyanga (@SheilaKanyanga) June 7, 2017
You all have to stop hating on Maina Kageni bcs he chose a life that’s different from yours. He’s better than cheaters be like. Get a life!
— Mwaura Wambiru™ (@MwauraWambiru) June 7, 2017
When you get the news Maina Kageni is running for the Nairobi women rep pic.twitter.com/zEzzJvmAYj
— ˈnärsəsəst 🖤 (@issaKrazyKenyan) June 7, 2017
Maina kageni has just confirmed you don’t need to have “nunu” to be a woman rep!
— Peetah™ (@Pitahnjuguna1) June 7, 2017
Next big announcement… “Maina Kageni is pregnant”😏😏
— Bernice (@NyarNyamwa) June 7, 2017
This is a new low for maina kageni…I can’t even pic.twitter.com/QYEWQy6N9u
— EPL champions 16/17 (@GeeChegeh) June 7, 2017
You mean Maina Kageni is to vie for Nairobi women rep. ‘Mind game finally he can get a man to marry him.
— TONY Yator 254 (@tonysergon) June 7, 2017