- While some of the legislators wowed the women with their dimpled smiles or charm, others impressed them with the gap between their front teeth … Soni Kanake catches up with four of these parliamentarians when they’re not politicking.
Their female voters say they are easy on the eye. Some of these voters took to social media saying they voted for the MPs based on their good looks.
While some of the legislators wowed the women with their dimpled smiles or charm, others impressed them with the gap between their front teeth … Soni Kanake catches up with four of these parliamentarians when they’re not politicking.
Nixon Korir, MP Lang’ata Constituency
1. How would you describe yourself in three non-political words?
Hardworking. Focused. Honest.
2. What is your motto in life?
To mind my own business.
3. As a man who has received overwhelming female attention based on your physical appearance, do you ever feel objectified?
Hmmm … I say thank you, especially to God, but never let it get to me or make me assume that I am better than others.
When I was vying, I had to prove it wasn't just about looks but I had something to offer.
4. Tell me about your experience at modelling
We were having a competition for Mr and Miss Parklands when I was in university and I was flaunted by my class. I was the first runner's up.
Later, while in third year, my girlfriend (now wife) asked me to accompany her to town for a photo-shoot.
They insisted I take photos too and that was how I ended up being picked for the Chevrolet advert while my girl wasn't.
When they paid me, I was excited and went back for more photos. I was later picked for different other adverts; print, billboards and on television.
I probably did close to 15 adverts, which was lots of fun.
5. What would you term as your greatest achievement?
Raising a family. We have two daughters, six and four years old, and a son, eight months old.
6. What's your idea of fun?
Travelling to various destinations. I also enjoy hanging out with friends at my local for 'nyama' and a few drinks.
7. What's that one thing most people don't know about you?
I am an athlete. I trained professionally at a camp in Kapsabet under Coach Mike Kosgey and specialised in 400m and 800m.
I got a sports scholarship at Stanford University but could not proceed due to a fracture, which ended my running career.
8. What's your earliest childhood memory?
I grew up in Solai and like any other villager, most of our memories are about herding and struggling to go to school.
I come from a large family (three mums and 30 children), which provided labour for our dad's farm.
We would wake up at 5am, go to the shamba until 7.30am after which we would prepare ourselves for school.
9. If you were to turn back the hand of time, what would you tell a 21-year-old Korir?
Believe in yourself. Everything is possible and you should not allow anyone to look down on you.
10. What is your idea of a surprise?
*laughs* Surprise me with money, I'll 'panga' myself!
MP Kikuyu Constituency
1. Which three non-political words describe you?
Simple. Down-to-earth. Spontaneous.
2. Growing up, were you the naughty kid or a sweet little angel?
*laughs* Hmmm … let's just say I was an adventurous boy. I would 'steal' dad's car and drive it from the house to the gate when I was about 13 years old. I did this so many times that by the time I was in Standard Eight, I was a good driver. I actually taught myself how to drive. I also remember experimenting with a cigarette lighter with other children and we ended up burning about seven acres of dry grass in a field.
3. When you learnt you had been admitted to Alliance High School, what was your first reaction?
Excited! One, because I would be attending a good school that was near home and two, because I would get to be home every weekend.
4. What was the craziest thing you were asked to do as a first former?
Fortunately, it was a very disciplined society. I must say that environment shaped me to become the man I am today.
5. What is that one thing we do not know about you?
I will always speak my mind regardless of who you are. Take it or leave it!
6. If there was a dancing competition; one, which genre of music would you prefer to dance to and two, how would you rate your score on a scale of 1 — 10 where 10 is excellent?
*laughs* I would want a song that is 'rhythmless' … you know like that song, where suddenly you 'fall'? I dance worse than a 'mzungu'.
My primary schoolteacher made me hate music as I could not differentiate the first doh and the last doh, and she always punished me for it.
7. What is that one thing on your bucket list that you want to do?
Climbing both Mt Kenya and Kilimanjaro before I hit 50.
8. How do you unwind?
Other than hanging out with my girls and gyming at least thrice a week, I enjoy hosting friends at home, where I get to serve them with juicy 'mbuzi choma' ribs, which are my favourite, with good rice. I love me some good food, clothes and a good bed … the finer things in life. I also enjoy farming and spending time taking care of my pigs and chicken.
9. What's your greatest achievement?
Being a father. Nothing beats the feeling of raising my three daughters, 12, 10 and two, and watching them growing up.
10. What is your idea of self-actualisation?
I feel I have achieved when I see a life I have changed or empowered through education as I believe education is the only way to change the world.
When my elder brother passed on in 2002, I took up the responsibility of educating his son.
I later started educating other children in the neighbourhood. Prior to taking up these responsibilities, I would spend a sizeable chunk of my income on fine wines, expensive whiskeys, and I loved my steak.
I decided to give this up to help a child who had been kicked out of school.