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Patriotic man, 67, who walked 230km to Kirinyaga for Mashujaa Day stranded at hotel

In Summary

  • Stephen Kariuki, who hails from Nakuru County arrived in Kirinyaga on Tuesday ahead of the Mashujaa Day event.
  • However, he could miss out the celebrations yet again as he is stranded at a hotel he was booked into by the governor’s aide.

Stephen Kariuki, 67-year-old man who walked from Nakuru to Kirinyaga for Mashujaa day celebrations, could miss his second Mashujaa fete.

The elderly man revealed that he is stranded at a Kerugoya hotel, after arriving on Tuesday 7pm ahead of the celebrations.

Having completed his 230km walk, he was reportedly taken to Governor Anne Waiguru’s residence where he and other guests were received warmly. They were gifted pishori rice, coffee, tea and loaves of bread.

Waiguru reportedly left him in the hands of her aides.

“One of her assistants booked me into a hotel in Kerugoya Town, promising to pick me up at 7am today so that he could take me to Wang’uru Stadium,” Kariuki said.

However, he was left confused as no representative from the governor came to escort him to the celebrations.

“It hurts when one walks more than 200 kilometres, only to miss out on the event he or she had eagerly anticipated,” said Kariuki.

Kariuki’s Mashujaa Day walks

Kariuki says he embarked on his patriotic journey in 2017. He walked to President Uhuru Kenyatta and DP William Ruto’s inauguration at Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi.

The following year, he walked to Kakamega for the 2018 Mashujaa Day celebrations. In 2019, he missed the event which took place in Mombasa County.

Despite the long walks, the elderly man does not always have the surety of accessing the Mashujaa Day venues. Owing to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, he was denied entry to the Gusii Stadium in Kisii County over strict protocols.

For him, walking to every event is also a call to peace and unity.

“I want us all to embrace patriotism, to have a peaceful and loving country. As we approach the elections, I would like to preach peace and remind Kenyans to shun tribalism,” Kariuki added.



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