Michael Njogo Gitonga, a father of three is one of the few people who appreciate the face masks a little too much.
His reasons, however, have very little to do with the global pandemic.
Njogo uses the facemask to hide his face when he walks out in public. He can easily be mistaken for President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Their resemblance is so uncanny that he has been nicknamed “Uhunye” in Umoja where he lives.
And although he cannot issue executive orders like his doppelgänger, Njogo enjoys the fame but laments that it has cost him too much.
“I cannot walk out of this estate without people asking me for handouts, I have suffered with this name,” he says.
When his photos hit the interwebs, a few weeks back, Kenyans with their knickers in knots assumed they were looking at President Uhuru’s throwback photos.
Others said it was photoshop while others asked him to do a DNA test.
Speaking to Inooro TV, Njogo explained that he has never come close to the President or his family, save for the time his mother worked in Gatundu as security officer, and that was long time ago.
If he ever manages to meet the country’s boss, Njogo’s says his first question would be whether they are brothers.
A mason by profession, Njogo has been out of a job as his business- a bar in Umoja – was closed down after the pandemic struck.
He hopes that one day he will find the truth about his real father as the only person who knew, was his late mum.
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