Peter Maina, a 60-year-old confined to a wheelchair by arthritis, exercised his patriotic duty by casting his vote at the Kiambaa constituency by-election today.
Maina, who was wheeled in by two assistants cast his vote at Karuri Primary polling station, at 10am. He said he was looking for a leader who “will be committed to provision of affordable healthcare for all.”
Maina said he has suffered from the painful disease for a few years now. He is a peasant farmer, and his earnings are nary enough to meet the cost of medicine and special dietary requirements.
“Elections have evolved in Kenya. Now the people demand a voice and want a leader who can address their real issues,” he said.
The Kiambaa parliamentary by-election was occasioned by the death of incumbent Paul Koinange last March. There are eight candidates in the race, with two front runners being Jubilee’s Kariri Njama and UDA’s John Wanjiku.
Results are expected to start trickling in later in the day.