Former Meru Senator Mithika Linturi fulfills his promise after shaving off his signature grey beards immediately when President Ruto took an oath of office during the inaugural ceremony held on September 13 at Kasarani International Stadium.
Earlier, Linturi had promised that he would shave off his grey beards when Uhuru Kenyatta cedes power to William Ruto.
“Today, Kenya heralds a new political order. Kenya ushers in a new political dispensation under the leadership of my friend, H.E President William Samoei Ruto.”
“I promised that on the day Uhuru Kenyatta hands over to Ruto and leaves office, I would simultaneously be shaving to signify a new era devoid of political intimidation and blackmail. I have shaved today! Freedom is finally here,” he said.
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According to Linturi, shaving his beard symbolized a new era.
He added that Ruto’s administration grants Kenyans freedom from oppression.
Linturi, who vied for Meru County governor under UDA party, lost to Governor Kawira Mwangaza, who contested as an independent candidate before paving the way to Kenya Kwanza faction on August 19.
Mwangaza floored the incumbent Kiraitu Murungi and Senator Mithika Linturi, effectively sending them home after dominating local politics for years.
She garnered 209,148 votes with Linturi coming in second with 183,859 votes.
Kiraitu was a distant third with 110,814 votes.