In Summary
  • Protester says he is fighting for change and a better future.
  • His wife and relatives warn him against picketing but he defies them.
  • He strips to get the attention of IEBC chief executive Ezra Chiloba.

In every National Super Alliance (Nasa) protest in Kisumu County, a burly man, often photographed shirtless, is seen commanding a crowd of demonstrators.

The faithful Nasa protester, known for his antics and fearlessness, was first photographed by the Nation in protests in 2013 after the presidential election.

PROTESTS

Despite the possibility of the protests turning violent, Mr Wilson Aminda, 22, has been participating in all Nasa demonstrations.

On Monday, just as he has been spotted three weeks in succession, he marched at the front, ensuring no protester walks too fast or too slow.

Nasa has increased protests to three days a week – every Monday, Wednesday and Friday – until its demands are met.

Mr Aminda married in 2014 and has a four-month-old daughter. He sat his KCSE exam in 2012 and attained a grade of C+ (plus).

He blames his joblessness on “poor governance over the years.”

REFORMS

During calm days, Mr Aminda does odd jobs, including refereeing matches at the Moi Stadium. He is also the founder and team manager of Manyatta United that is funded by donors.

Mr Aminda said he takes part in demonstrations because he wants reforms in the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and in Kenya as a whole.

“Kenyans cannot suffer because of one person or a few individuals. This country is bigger than [IEBC chief executive Ezra] Chiloba and President Uhuru Kenyatta. Chiloba’s exit will pave way for a free and fair election,” he said.

The protestor said he goes to the streets because he is angry about the high rate of unemployment, poverty and runaway corruption. This is why he is pushing for change.

He seems not to be moved by the risk he exposes himself to, bearing in mind the casualties and victims of election violence and post-poll protests in the region.

DEATHS

According to a report released on Monday by the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights, at least three deaths have been reported during the post-election chaos from August 9, including six-month-old baby Samantha Pendo.

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