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Denzel Musumba

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A few years ago, the phrase ‘presidential candidate’ was regarded with awe and respect.

It, however, seems each dawn brings with it new presidential hopefuls whose only offering to Kenyans is an alleged passion for an undefined ‘New Kenya’.

Once in a while, Kenyans get a new wave of men and women with dreams of being tenants in the house on the hill.

Take for instance, Esther Waringa who has been conducting door-to-door campaigns since January in various parts of the country.

This Friday, the typewriting expert and consultant in programmes management will launch her presidential campaign in Limuru.

Woman of the people

Hers will be the first presidential launch away from the city. “I will launch my campaign in Limuru Town because it’s my hometown and I would like to be in touch with people around there since my campaign is grassroots-based,” she says.There are also ‘presidents’ of Facebook, who spam inboxes with invites for volunteers to join their campaign teams. Take Prof George Wajackoyah for instance.

He is surging full steam ahead of his presidential campaigns with his 5,000 “friends” on Facebook. What exactly does he stand for?

The professor bases his campaign on what he calles the four pillars — the economy, education, security and Constitution.

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