An Eldoret man has initiated an 82 kilometers walk from Eldoret town to Nairobi, in a bid to sensitize Kenyans on the need to remain peaceful and united ahead of the 2022 general election.
The man, Michael Kirwa, says he will walk to Nairobi in phases of 41 kilometers, first from Eldoret town to Burnt Forest, then to Nakuru, where he will spend the night at the Nakuru Level 5 Hospital, formerly Rift Valley Provincial General Hospital (PGH), and later walk from Nakuru to Nairobi.
Speaking during the launch of his walk, Kirwa said he plans to deliver presents to President Uhuru Kenyatta, ODM leader Raila Odinga, and Deputy President William Ruto once in Nairobi.
The distance between Eldoret and Nairobi is approximately 264 kilometers.
“I am walking for my country – Kenya, Africa, and also the world. When I’m in Nairobi, if I get a chance I have a present for the president because of his legacy and leadership. Because we want peace, I have a present for Raila and also Ruto,” he said.
The man also plans to fast and pray for the country from the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) in Nairobi.
“As I go, I’ll go with tears because I want to see a peaceful Kenya. We know politics come and go but the government will remain, this is why I want to ask Kenyans to remain peaceful and also elect leaders who are ready to promote cohesion,” he said.
While launching the walk, elders blessed Kirwa’s journey with traditional prayers.
The country is expected to hold its general election on August 9, 2022, as per the constitution, with the political temperatures already gaining momentum.