George Wajackoyah is an outsider to Kenya’s political world but he’s causing a stir with his outrageous campaign promises.
Reggae aficionado George Wajackoyah has emerged as a wildcard candidate, who has promised to erase the country’s debt with what he calls his “ganja solution”.
Mr. Wajackoyah has attracted younger members of the population, with many saying conventional politicians have failed to tackle corruption, inflation, and unemployment.
The grave-digger-turned-law-professor has only polled at around 2% of the vote, but could have a say in the election if he endorses one of the front-runners or ends up taking votes from another presidential hopeful.
During his campaign, he has promised to wipe out Kenya’s $70 billion dollar debt by establishing a medical cannabis industry and exporting animal parts to China, where he says hyena testicles are considered a delicacy.
When asked about his popularity he said,
“I’ve created a new tribe, known as the ganja tribe,
These (politicians), have helicopters, they have money, they have painted cars. I don’t even have a single poster.”
The Ganja Tribe
Mr. Wajackoyah is a well known figure on Nairobi’s club scene, and local media coverage of his run for the presidency has led to speculation that he is backed by a bigger campaign to try to attract the youth vote.
However, he has dismissed these rumours, saying that he has turned down offers of cash for support from candidates.
Instead, he dreams of smoking marijuana in the president’s office.
“We shall go to state house and smoke it around to remove the colonial impurities,”
The 62-year-old said in his
wood-panelled office, sporting a do-rag and listening to a Hare Krishna prayer.
Other policies on his manifesto range from federalising the government and renegotiating Kenya’s debt with China to hanging people found guilty of corruption.
“We’ve come in with the ganja solution,”